Spanish film director Mario Camus dies aged 86

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Spanish director Mario Camus also won an honorary Goya award in 2011, the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar (AFP/Javier SORIANO)

Spanish director Mario Camus, whose film about the aftermath of Spain's 1936-39 civil war won the top award at the Berlin film festival, died on Saturday. He was 86.

"Filmmaker Mario Camus passed away in Santander," Spain's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a posting on social media.

Camus, whose best films were inspired by great literary works, first drew international attention when his film about the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, "La Colmena" (The Beehive) won the Golden Bear at the 1983 Berlin Film Festival.

The following year, "Los santos inocentes" (The Holy Innocents) received a special mention from the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, and its two stars won the best actor award jointly.

In 2011, he won an honorary Goya award, Spain's equivalent of an Oscar.

Camus' death came a day after the passing of Spanish playwright Alfonso Sastre, 95, an outspoken critic of censorship during Spain's decades-long dictatorship, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez paying homage to both on Twitter on Saturday.

"Those of us who love cinema and theatre are in mourning today. We bid farewell to two cultural greats, Alfonso Sastre and Mario Camus. From our seats in the audience, we will continue to enjoy their extraordinary works," he wrote.

"My condolences to their families and friends and to the world of culture."

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