Elías Querejeta

Elías Querejeta Gárate[a] (27 October 1934 – 9 June 2013), also known as Elías Querejeta (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈli.as keɾeˈxeta]) and known in the Spanish film industry as "The Producer", was a Spanish screenwriter and film producer.[1] He is the father of Gracia Querejeta.[1]

Elías Querejeta
Elías Querejeta Gárate

(1934-10-27)27 October 1934
Hernani (Gipuzkoa), Spain
Died9 June 2013(2013-06-09) (aged 78)
Madrid, Spain
SpouseMaria Carmen Marín
PartnerAmparo Muñoz
ChildrenGracia Querejeta
Personal information
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1953 Real Sociedad 2 (0)
1953–1955 SD Eibar 20 (2)
1955–1958 Real Sociedad 34 (5)
1958–1959 Alavés 19 (4)
Total 75 (11)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


Querejeta was born in Hernani, Spain, and played soccer for Real Sociedad.[1] By the age of 18 he was making his debut in the Spanish first division with San Sebastián's team, Real Sociedad (his position was midfielder; his brother José María also played, as a goalkeeper).[2] But his career in sports ended in 1959, when he moved to Madrid to set up his own film production company.

He produced some of the best-known Spanish films of the 1960s and 1970s and most notably worked with Carlos Saura (13 films), Víctor Erice (2 films), Montxo Armendáriz (4 times) and Fernando León de Aranoa (3 films).[1]

He produced Mr. Saura's La Prima Angélica (1973) and Cría Cuervos (1975), which won special jury prizes at the 1973 and 1975 at the special prize of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, and Mama Turns 100 (1979), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 52nd Academy Awards. "Mama Turns 100" was a sequel to Mr. Saura's Ana and the Wolves (1973), which Mr. Querejeta also produced.[3]

Querejeta gave wings to the careers of directors such as Carlos Saura, Jaime Chávarri, Emilio Martínez Lázaro, Fernando León de Aranoa, Víctor Erice and his own daughter, Gracia Querejeta.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

The most significant relationship of Querejeta's life was with Amparo Muñoz. He met Amparo on the set of Mamá cumple cien años.[5] The relationship subsequently received much publicity. Querejeta remained married throughout their relationship; although he and his wife, Maria Carmen y Marin had been living separate lives, there was never an official split and neither party pursued a divorce. Muñoz did not interfere, and never fought for marriage, until her death in 2011. Querejeta later died in 2013 in Madrid, Spain, aged 78.


  1. ^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Querejeta and the second or maternal family name is Gárate.


  1. ^ a b c d Belinchón, Gregorio (9 June 2013). "Fallece Elías Querejeta, el gran productor del cine español". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  2. ^ Querejeta: José María Querejeta Gárate at BDFutbol
  3. ^ Anderson, John (July 2013). "Elías Querejeta, 78, Producer of Major Spanish Films, Dies". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Elías Querejeta, legendary Spanish film producer, dies at 78 | Spain | EL PAÍS English Edition".
  5. ^ "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-08.

Further readingEdit

  • Whittaker, Tom (2011). The Films of Elías Querejeta: A Producer of Landscapes. University of Wales Press. p. 2011. ISBN 9780708324387.

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