Thrusday 9th June 2016
About the speaker: Clara Roquet is a young writer and director from Spain. She is the co-writer of the SXSW and SIFF award-winner indie film 10.000 KM, released in US theaters in 2015 and winner of a Goya award. Clara just finished her last project as a screenwriter, collaborating with director Jaime Rosales in the writing of his next feature film. She is now working with Argentinian director Daniel Burman adapting the critically acclaimed novel “This Too Shall Pass” by Milena Busquets. Clara's first project as a director was the short film El Adiós, winner of the Golden Spike at the SEMINCI and nominated for the 2016 European Film Awards. “El Adiós” premiered in the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, played in festivals such as Telluride and Clermont-Ferrand, won awards from the DGA and the National Board of Review, and was acquired by HBO and Canal+. Thanks to a Scholarship from La Caixa, Clara got her MFA in Film from Columbia University, where she currently teaches a lab in screenwriting.
About the event: Javier Solana, a DPhil student in Law at Balliol College and one of the conveners of the Madariaga Series, led a conversation with Ms. Roquet about her initiation in cinema, the creative process of a film, and her experiences as a scriptwriter and film director. The audience were very interested in Ms. Roquet’s insights to the world of cinema and raised several questions during the conversation. In the second half of the colloquium, we screened “El Adiós” (The Goodbye), Roquet’s debut as a film director and winner of several awards at international film festivals in the U.S. and Spain in 2016. After the screening, the conversation turned into a close interaction between Ms. Roquet and the audience, who were interested in different aspects of the creative process of “El Adiós” and the stories and symbolisms behind it. After the colloquium, the Madariaga Series hosted a dinner at The Head of the River for Ms. Roquet and a small group of students.
We would like to reiterate our gratitude to Ms. Roquet for accepting the invitation to join us in Oxford, and for sharing her work and ideas with us in a captivating conversation.