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Antonio Mercero, suffering from Alzheimer's, to which he devoted his last film, ' and you who you are?', honored by his colleagues. Their children, the filmmakers Antonio and Ignacio also thanked the Goya of Honor on behalf of his father.

Because of Alzheimer's, this terrible disease that so well portrayed in his last film You who you are?Antonio Mercero not has been able to attend tonight the Palacio Municipal de Congresos to collect the Goya of Honor for a career dedicated to cinema, theatre and television. On his behalf intervened his sons, Antonio and Ignacio, who have agracedido the award saying that cruel disease that his father suffers from is that "you can see five hundred times Singin' in the rain as if it were the first time '.

Antonio and Ignacio Mercero explained that his father received a few days ago the Goya of Honor from the hands of the President of the Film Academy, Alex de la Iglesia, who moved to the home of the filmmaker.

During the gala were shown footage in which Draper thanked award Álex de la Iglesia, thanking the Academy Award, "which makes me very happy. A big hug to all of you".

Antonio Mercero has received the Goya of Honor for "his superb career film, full of successes and interesting experiments in fields as broad as the short and medium-length feature film".

Half a century of profession

Antonio Mercero has fifty years of his career behind him since he made his debut in 1962 with his first professional short film. Since then, his talent and simple view of the world of cinema and television, has come to the small and large screen with titles such as The cabin (1972) with which won numerous international awards, including the American television Emmy, The war of Pope (1977), one of the major commercial milestones, Summer blue (1979-1980), Good night Mr Monster (1983) or Night chemist (1991-1995), Fourth floor (2002) or his latest film: You who you are? (2007).

Author of a film with a seal personal, funny and tender at the same time, Draper has made a work that has become the sentimental heritage of many Spaniards. He has dived in our historical memory with films such as The war of Pope, Wait for me in heaven, or The hour of the brave. In his recent works, he has faced courageously diseases as childhood cancer)Fourth floor) and Alzheimer's)You who you are?).

Awarded the Concha de Oro and the Pearl of the Bay of Biscay in the San Sebastián Film Festival, Emmy from the National Academy of Television and science of New York, the prize of the Festival criticism of Montecarlo or the Gold Medal of the arts in 1996, among other prizes, the great director receives the well-deserved Goya of Honor of the Academy of cinema for a lifetime behind the scenes.


Antonio Mercero was born in Lasarte (Guipúzcoa) in 1936, graduated in law at the University of Valladolid in 1958. The following year he moved to Madrid to enter at the official film school, where he obtained the diploma in 1962. Before graduating, wheel short films The black sheep (1960), PIs (1961) and The dead (1962). his practice of end-of-course, Trotin Troteras (1962), is honored in the Paris Biennale of art in 1965.

His next short film, Art lessonrolled as professional in 1962, obtained the gold shell and the Pearl of the Bay of Biscay in the Film Festival of San Sebastián, in addition to the prize of the national syndicate of spectacle and a special mention of the Festival in Cork (Ireland). The following year wheel her first feature, You need boy (1963).

Between 1969 and 1974 made several advertisements, as well as documentaries and anonymous reports for the NO-DO as Elegy for a circus (1969), awarded in cinema week in Color of Barcelona; The Ballad of the four horsemen (1969), spike of gold of the week's film of Valladolid; Mingote (1972), Purchasing habits (1972) or Difficult task (1974).

In 1970 he made for TVE fiction Symposium for peace, special mention and UNDA award program at the Monte Carlo Festival. Chronicles of a village (1972) was a national award, Ondas award, gold antenna and TP of gold that same year.

The cabin (1973), short film for television starred by López Vázquez and whose script worked José Luis Garci, was awarded the Emmy by the National Academy of Television and Sciences of New York and the prize of the Festival criticism of Montecarlo. By Spanish criticism it receives the Quijote de Oro Award for Best Director.

Later, he directs films The birds (1974), Don Juan (1974), Spots of blood in a new car (1974), The delights of the Green years (1976, special mention at the Festival de Monte Carlo) and The war of Pope (1977), adaptation of the novel The dethroned Prince, Miguel Delibes.

In 1978 he released Tobi and Unusual Picassoa short film for television on the painter from Malaga, prize of quality of the Ministry of culture.

Between 1979 and 1980 he directed Summer blue, the hit television series of great international broadcasting. It awarded the prize to the best director at the Prague Festival, the silver chest in Plovdid Festival (Bulgaria) and the best series of the year Gold Award TP.

In 1982 returns to film with The next stationstarring Lola Herrera and Alfredo Landa, and a year next directs the child film good night, Mr. Monster (1983). In 1985 he made Legal aidawarded the TP of gold to the best series.

In 1987 he premiered the film Wait for me in heaven. The treasure (1988) is another Draper film based on a novel of Miguel Delibes. The following year films Don Juan, mi querido fantasma (1989) and between 1991 and 1995 wheel series Night chemistTP de Oro to best comedy during those years.

In 1996, the city of San Sebastián granted Golden Drum and the following year received the Gold Medal of fine arts.

His next feature, The hour of the brave (1998) is selected as the best film in the week of the Basque cinema and receives the special jury prize at the Moscow Film Festival. In addition, Draper was elected as best Director at the Festival Hispano in Miami.

In 1999 he made for TVE The white room and in 2002 directed Fourth floorstarring Juan José Ballesta, which won the award for Best Director at the Montreal Film Festival (Canada).

This year the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Television, who presided over between 1998 and 2000, gives its award a lifetime.

In 2004 he returned to TV to film series Manolito gafotasbased on the novels of Elvira Lindo.

You who you are? (2007), it deals with Alzheimer's disease, with Manuel Alexandre, López Vázquez and Álvaro de Luna, is his last film to date.

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