Fernando Arrabal, 89, whose work is recognized all over the world, has directed seven feature films, published a hundred plays, fourteen novels, two thousand books of poetry (bibliophilia), several essays. Without forgetting the famous Letter to General Franco during the dictator’s lifetime.
The Cinémathèque, this magical place to protect the 7th art and its library with its works on modernity excite him, especially the restoration work of his legendary film: Long live death.
Francesca Bozzano, director of the collections of the Cinémathèque, specifies:
“We must remember that Long live death was his first film, of which the partly autobiographical story relates, is an essential film by its freshness, its spontaneity. The public is not mistaken. Decades later, he remains one of his favorites ”.
He is an unexpected artist: “Here, the Grenier Théâtre has staged some of my plays with success and talent. I think of the unforgettable Lise Grandbelle ”he remembers.
He rubbed shoulders with the great names of Modernity from Marcel Duchamp to André Breton from Dali to Picasso, including Roland Topor and Jodorowsky… he founded the movement Panic.
Fernando Arrabal is a humble artist who questions the reason for his recognition.
A poet who will sign the staging (in New York and Paris) of his new piece “Juliette”, in tribute to his friend Juliette Gréco: They both received the last prize from the Brasserie Lipp in Paris.
Her new piece will be performed by a 15-year-old bilingual actress, singer and viola player.
In the evening, Fernando Arrabal hosted the Cave-Poésie for a meeting with the public:
“This is also a first for us,” says Clémentine Pons, communications manager.
With the message of Serge Pey (Satrap, poet and 2020 Apollinaire Prize):
“Dear poet and Great Cosmic Satrap! You are really ‘prodigioso’!
All with the cry of my poetry gathered to hear your wonderful conference …
Thank you for your intelligence which breaks the cosmos with your smile!
I make you a big ‘abrazo’, dear Satrap ”: Serge Pey.