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Rodrigo Cortés is a most versatile artist: director, actor, producer, screenwriter, aphorist… and novelist. His latest book, Los años extraordinarios, is a novel in the tradition of Valle-Inclán that takes us on a journey through the 20th century. The work, particularly its protagonist, Jaime Fanjul, has received praise from both critics and fellow writers. No challenge seems too great for this Salamanca artist: aged 25 he was already filming videos for Amenábar and he has not shied away from working with Hollywood stars like Robert de Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Uma Thurman (the star of Down a Dark Hall, his most recent film). Perhaps his most famous feature has been Buried, a suffocating film in which Ryan Reynolds plays a man who is trying to survive after being buried alive in a coffin. The movie won several Goyas in Spain as well as international awards. Given his career so far, this artist with the captivating smile must have something special.
Rodrigo Cortés will talk to the publisher Miguel Aguilar, who has worked with major figures in Spanish literature, such as Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio.
Based on the novel Oblivion: A Memoir by Héctor Abad Faciolince, Fernando Trueba’s latest film tells the story of the writer’s father, Héctor Abad Gómez, a doctor who dedicated the last years of his life to the defence of human rights, and who was murdered by a contract killer in central Medellin on 25 August, 1987. Javier Cámara plays a tender character “who loved life” in the words of the film director, “who was an advocate of public and preventive medicine” and who during the 1960s supervised the first mass vaccination against polio in the country. Trueba worked with his brother David on the screenplay of the film, which was selected for the 2020 Cannes Festival that was cancelled because of the pandemic. The film, a moving portrait of the man and his family relationships, was chosen to close last year’s San Sebastian International Film Festival.
The murder of the Colombian doctor, politician and human rights advocate, Héctor Abad Gómez, is the event that motivated his son, Héctor Abad Faciolince, to write Oblivion: A Memoir, which tells the story of his father. This in turn has led the film director, Fernando Trueba, to adapt the book for cinema.
Trueba is one of Spain’s most acclaimed directors. With a filmography of nearly 20 films, he has made works of comedy (Two Much, Sal gorda), drama (El año de las luces, Twisted Obsession, The Girl of Your Dreams, The Queen of Spain), documentary (Calle 54, Mientras el cuerpo aguante) and animated film (Chico and Rita). His shelves sport an Oscar, nine Goya Awards and various other international prizes.
The journalist, writer and publisher Héctor Abad Faciolince has won numerous awards in his country, Colombia, as well as in Spain, where he was awarded the first Casa de América Innovative Fiction Prize for his novel Basura. However, it was Oblivion: A Memoir, the novel that tells the story of his father, which brought him to prominence in the world of Spanish-language literature. Abad Faciolince has not only won awards for his fiction writing, but also for his work as a columnist. As a publisher, in 2016 he created the company Angosta, an independent publisher in Colombia that bears the name of one of his novels.
This conversation is part of the Hay and Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos Dialogues initiative promoting knowledge among writers of different nationalities but with a shared language and literary tradition.