The Autonomous Community of Aragon has once again paid tribute to its most universal painter with the presentation this Thursday of ‘Goya 3 de mayo’, a short film directed by the Huesca filmmaker Carlos Saura, and promoted by the Autonomous Government and the Aragonese Radio and Television Corporation (CARTV).
Speaking to the media, the filmmaker Carlos Saura, wanted to thank all those who have made this audiovisual production possible. “What I have been is a guest of honor, since I have found almost everything done, and I have limited myself to directing the idea of this short.”
In this work, Saura has given life to the protagonists of ‘The executions of May 3’, one of the most representative paintings of the Fuendetodos painter. “I have tried with this short to recognize the disasters of Goya and the atrocities that were committed in the War of Independence, where many people were shot in Madrid,” he said.
For Saura directing this piece has been “very exciting” because “Those who know my cinema already know my love for Goya”, who “has been and is one of the greatest, a forerunner of many things.”
The 275th anniversary
For his part, the President of the Government of Aragon, Javier Lambán, who has attended the presentation of ‘Goya 3 de mayo’ in the Prado, recalled that together with the Zaragoza Provincial Council throughout the year the 275th anniversary of the birth of the Aragonese artist has been celebrated with a program of events “very intense and extensive “.
“We are aware of the responsibility we have for being the administrators of the land of Goya, which is Aragon, and we have found the most appropriate way to cultivate that legacy and assume that historical responsibility, “said Lambán.
The objective of this program has been, in the words of the regional president, “to value Goya’s work in Aragon”, in the Zaragoza Museum, the wall paintings of Aula Dei and of some churches and private museums.
Likewise, he has continued saying: “we wanted to use this anniversary to vindicate Aragon as a land of talent and as land full of traditions and full of men and women with universal vocation, like the one stated by Francisco de Goya “.
With the presentation of this short in Madrid it has been tried to relate this “policy regarding the memory of Goya” with the Prado Museum, a place where it is located more than half of his worksLambán recalled.
The regional leader explained that this is an action to show that Aragon intends that the relationship and collaboration between the Prado Museum and the rooms of the Autonomous Community “be more and more broad” for the benefit of the dissemination of Francisco de Goya.
Finally, President Lambán has praised the work and career of Carlos Saura, “an Aragonese no less talented and universal” who has managed to do a “true” recreation of Goya’s work. Thus, he has described him, together with the filmmaker Luis Buñuel, as the heir to Goya’s genius and talent.