“It was at the Aguilar festival where I saw my work on the big screen for the first time”

Alejo Sauras: “It was at the Aguilar festival where I saw my work on the big screen for the first time.”

The actor emotionally received the Águila de Oro from a competition with which he has a very special connection, through which he has passed at least six times.

Actor Alejo Sauras received his highest honor at the 34th edition of the Aguilar Film Festival, the Golden Eagle, an event he knows well, with which he has a special bond and to which he has Attended at least 6 more times. The first dates back to 1997, when he accompanied director Indalecio Corugedo to the presentation of the short film ‘Copia Nueva’. In 2000, already one of the most popular young actors in the country, he was in Aguilar de Campoo as a member of the jury for the short film competition.

Born in the Mallorcan town of Esporles in 1979, he began his career with several theatrical performances in 1996 and with small appearances in series such as ‘Menudo es mi padre’ or ‘Compañeros’, making his first foray into cinema with another brief role in “Mensaka” (Salvador Garcia, 1998). Shortly after, he would get his first leading role in the series “Al salir de classe”, which gave him notable popularity and gave him a big boost for his career. In the field of short films, he has developed a long career, working on a dozen works. As for the theatre, he has acted in works such as ‘L’eunuch’ (2014) or ‘Œdipe. Through the Flames” (2021).

-The Aguilar Film Festival, a festival that you know well, awards you its highest distinction, the Golden Eagle, what does it mean to receive this award?

“Any recognition of work is always something that makes me very excited and in this case I am especially excited because I grew up with this festival, my first works, my first short films, I presented them here. J I lived the Film Week and I was also a member of the jury, I have a very special bond with this competition and with Aguilar, that they gave me this prize is a great illusion for me”.

– You were trained in one of the most emblematic schools of our country, that of Cristina Rota, how was your beginnings in the world of theater?

I remember it with great affection, the memories are always very beautiful and very romantic. I have excellent memories of that time, for the school, for all that I experienced. These are the same years that I came to the Aguilar festival and I remember them with a very beautiful feeling of vertigo, of not knowing what you are facing, or what the future holds for you, it was my adolescence and I remember it with great fondness. I learned a lot in school and have learned a lot more since then. There is a bit of that stage in the person I am now.

-His role in the series ‘Al salir de classe’ gave him great popularity and gave him a big boost for his career. “Los Serrano” was also a milestone. There is no doubt that television is a medium that has given him great opportunities. How do you evaluate your passage in these series?

“Television gave me life, my career was made on television, I did a lot of films and, of all, of all the characters that I have done, I am very proud, but my career was forged, it was cooked on television, that’s what I owe to the success I had and also to the training I was able to acquire. I have a lot of affection for these projects, they all taught me a lot, I learned from them, somehow the actor that I am will tell you that I owe these papers”.

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-In the field of short films he has developed a long career, working on a dozen works among which ‘Verbena ‘(Indalecio Corugedo, 1998) or ‘badass‘ (Jimmy Barnatán and Fernando Guisado, 2006). What would you highlight in the short film sector? WhatQEU hehey apCut off from your professional career?

“In the short film sector, I would highlight the passion, it’s a common denominator for all short film directors, the passion they have to tell the story they want to tell. They have very few means, they have very little time to do it. and they have to condense all the story they want to tell, they want to tell in very few sequences, which they also do without having an infrastructure, that’s why I think the passion they put into it is which awakens talent. director, first you have to be a director of short films, but above all to measure your talent, maybe not that much because this short film you are making can go very far, because we all know that the path of short films, most of the time, is unfortunately not very long, but it serves to measure the talent they have”.

-The Aguilar Festival continues to bet on short films, productions that may not have support in other areas.QWhat do you think of festivals like the AFF, which has been showing short films for 34 years?

“I believe that short film festivals are not important, it is that they are necessary, I believe that they are a fundamental pillar of the film industry. If short films do not exist, we cannot there is no filter for feature films. So how do we know who deserves to make a film, who should give funding or who should trust those who put everything necessary to make a feature film? to know who is really worth and who is worthy of making a feature film; secondly, so that they know it too, they measure it; and, thirdly, because it’s the big school, it’s like the MIR of cinema , if you don’t have shorts you don’t know what he’s capable of doing”.

-You have worked in television, cinema, theatre… In which of these media do you feel most comfortable?

“I, in particular, have never made a distinction between formats in my life. I think we actors have to pick the characters we play based on how they are. If I’m going to expand that spectrum, I broaden it to who is the director who is going to direct. Whatever this camera is for cinema or television, considering that today they are the same, I don’t care.

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Is there a character who marked you personally in your life?

“All the characters marked me, they marked me a lot. I put a lot of effort into creating the characters, I think a lot about them, I live with them a lot and from the moment I start a project until “until I finish this, I live with this character inside, it marks me. I cannot distinguish one of them above the others, I keep them all with immense affection”.

– And a director with whom you have worked?

“With David Trueba, with him I enjoyed a lot and I discovered a lot of things about cinema, I learned art in small things. David taught me to value art and the smallness of ‘a character, what a character says that hardly says I would highlight him, like so many others with whom I have worked and whom I have a very special affection”.

-Who would you like to shoot with?

“There are a lot of them, for example with Daniel Calparsoro or with Rodrigo Sorogoyen, but I think any director who wants to work with me has reason enough to want to work with him.”

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What are your current projects ? Anyone related to the short?

“At the moment I’m at the theatre, with Oedipus, which is quite a complicated show and we’re on tour in Spain until the end of February. At the moment I don’t have any project related to the short film. When I finished with Oedipus, I will start with another theatrical performance in March, which will also take us a year”.

-You have been to the Aguilar Film Festival six other times, what memories do you have of your visit to Aguilar de Campoo?

“I have many wonderful memories of it. It was the first festival I came to and saw my work on the big screen for the first time. It was the first short film I worked on , the first time I met people from the cinema and I was able to live the experience of cinema outside the screens, and I have wonderful memories of it. Then Aguilar de Campoo brought me many experiences , very beautiful throughout my life, I could tell you many anecdotes, but I stay with everything, that’s what I lived in this city”.

Source: Valderrueda newspaper

Photography: Aguilar Film Festival

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