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The Mystery of the King of Kinema

El misterio del rey
International title The Mystery of the King of Kinema
Section DocuFICX
Country España
Year 2014
Color / B&W Color
Running time 93 min.
Original language Inglés
Director Elio Quiroga
Screenplay Elio Quiroga
Film Editing Luis Sánchez-Gijón
Photography Lati Maraña
Music Juan Belda, Alfons Conde, Hermanitas
Costume Luca Menesati
Production Margaret Nicoll
Cast Maud Linder, Jean-Claude Carriére, Anthony Balducci, Luciano Barriatúa, Georg Renken, Carlos Paz, José Guimón, con Julio Perillán (Max Linder)
Producer Zanzíbar
Distribution Company Zanzíbar
The History of the movies is full of gaps. Of absences and oblivions which are as important, if not more, as its most popular characters. Without them the moving image would have never become the art and industry it is. One of these absences, at least to the eyes of the audiences, is that of Max Linder, one of the greats of silent movies, to many, the first real star of comedy, a character as fascinating as he is controversial. Elio Quiroga gives Max Linder a new life through a film essay using a wide array of resources –archive footing, professional actors, statements by experts...- to show us not only his story but also that of Maud’s, his daughter, and her struggle to retrieve the legacy and memory of her genius father, who was always absent.
Director bio
Elio Quiroga is a computer engineer. His first steps in the world of images were as a video artist, and some of his works are part of the permanent collection at Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. In 1997 his first feature was Fotos, award winner in Sitges and in 2004 he was nominated to the Goya to the Best Documentary Short Film for El Último Minutero. He has been a screenwriter and ad director and he has directed two other features: La hora fría y No-Do.