Arantxa Aguirre: “Enrique Granados’ music is very cinematographic”

Arantxa Aguirre

10/23/2018.- On Tuesday, October 23, the Time of History section hosted the premiere in competition of the documentary El amor y la muerte. Historia de Enrique Granados (Love and Death. The story of Enrique Granados). The film’s director, Arantxa Aguirre, attended the screening, and started out the session with some words by Joseph Conrad to thank her team.

The film recreates the story of composer Enrique Granados, who lived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries — his travels, his first triumphs, and above all his passion for life. This story is interspersed with versions of his masterpieces interpreted by great musicians such as Rosa Torres-Pardo, Yevgueni Kisin, Cañizares, Arcángel, Rocío Márquez, Carlos Álvarez, and Nancy Fabiola Herrera, among others.

Arantxa Aguirre discovered the story of Enrique Granados thanks to pianist Rosa Torres-Pardo, and at once thought that it was worth telling. “I thought his music was very cinematographic,” she said. She tried to emphasize his life and “depict the musician’s good and sensitive ear”. It is the first time that the director uses animation in the formal aspects. “The music is self-sufficient and very poetic. I thought that the drawings would help me convey that poetry more than filmed images. Also, I wanted to try new languages,” said Arantxa Aguirre.

Another very important aspect of the documentary is the beauty of the mixture of different disciplines such as dancing, painting and music. The relationship between the arts is very characteristic of Modernism. Aguirre believes that «the arts are definitely related to each other, and that they can be translated very easily from one to another because there are many things that they have in common». And she remarked that she is “particularly proud of Arcángel’s version of Goyescas’ El amor y el muerte (Love and death). Flamenco has been another one of the film’s greatest strengths”.

Research has been crucial to carry out this documentary. The team has benefited from the works that were written and from published works, such as Granados’ correspondence. 


Before the documentary, the short film Tungrus was screened. The screening was attended by its director, Rishi Chandna. A friend told him about a Bombay family living in a small apartment that had decided to adopt a chicken as a pet. The director made the decision to investigate more and make this short film because “in such a populated city, having a pet chicken is something very original.” The story, told in a very funny way, revolves around the difficulties of having such a peculiar pet.

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