The historic Catalan cinematographer, film restorer and researcher Juan Mariné will receive the highest recognition from the Film Academy in 2024, its Goya of Honor, which will be delivered to you in Valladolid on February 10.
The academy has decided to grant him this award “for his complete dedication to cinema during more than eighty years of experience that spans the history of Spanish cinema, his efforts in the work of conservation and restoration and for vividly representing, through his craft, the importance of light in the history of our cinema”.
In a note provided to EFE by the Academy, Juan Mariné says that, after surviving the Civil war, He swore that he would dedicate his life to cinema.
And he kept his word, since this centenarian man, born on December 31, 1920, has gone through all the milestones of Spanish cinema: he filmed the funeral of the anarchist revolutionary Buenaventura Durruti in 1936 and photographed the first Spanish film in color, ‘La gata’ (1956)
Recognized with the National Cinematography Award, the Gold Medal of Fine Arts, the National Photography Award, the Second Chomón Award, the Spike of Honor from the Seminci of Valladolid, the Juan de la Cierva Research Award and the Medal of Gold from the Academy, among other awards, Juan Mariné began working in the seventh art when he was only 14 years old and, when he turned a century old, he continued working in his laboratory in the ECAM, Film School of the Community of Madrid.