• David Mauas

    filmmaker

  • Films

    Juicio a Pedro Varela

    Historias de un librero (Tales of a Bookseller)

    Spain, 2000 (12 min.)

    "Tales of a Bookseller" exposes with humour and irony an ideology based on ignorance and cynicism which is still ever-present...
     
     
     

    Quién mató a Walter Benjamin... (Who killed Walter Benjamin...)

    Spain/Netherlands/Germany, 2005 (77 min.)

    Walter Benjamin died in Portbou in 1940 after crossing illegally the French-Spanish border in a desperate attempt to escape from the Nazis.

    "Who killed Walter Benjamin..." investigates the circumstances of Benjamin’s death by adopting a narrative strategy close to the thinker’s own approach to historical discourse and representation. The film features important academics, thinkers, historians and artists as Stéphane Hessel, Dani Karavan, Stephane Moses, Gary Smith, Rolf Tiedemann, Patrick Von Zur Mühlen, Bernd Witte and Erdmut Wizisla, among others. The many interviews with locals show the elusiveness of past events and at the same time summon up the ghost of fascism in Spain’s history.

     

    Goya, el secreto de la sombra (Goya, the secret of the shadows)

    Spain, 2011 (77 min.)

    The story of some men who claim to be in possession of an unknown painting, serves as a starting point to undertake a personal journey towards Goya.

    Premiered at the Museo Nacional del Prado, "Goya, the secret of the shadows" counts with the participation of acknowledged experts in the work and life of Goya, such as Manuela Mena, Juliet Wilson-Bareau, Valeriano Bozal and Jesusa Vega, among others.

    The film endeavours to shed light on the spirit of the painter’s work, it’s transcendence, it’s legend, it’s legacy and it’s today reception.

     

     
  • Commissioned works

    reportages, commercials & others

    Guy Bar Amotz

    Guy Bar Amotz & Sigalit Landau

    shot in Israel

    client: Kartis le Shnaim

    Israel

    (1996)

    script, editing, direction

    Festival

    shot in Israel

    client: Kartis le Shnaim

    Israel

    (1996)

    script, editing, direction

    Jerusalem Theater Company

    Masechet Sota

    shot in Israel

    client: Jerusalem Theater Company

    Israel

    (1997)

    script, production, direction

    Portbou

    Portbou, sixty years after

    shot in Spain

    client: Israel Broadcasting Authority

    Israel

    (2000)

    script, production, direction

    Berlin Jewish Museum

    Jewish Museum in Berlin

    shot in Germany

    client: Joodse Omroep

    The Netherlands

    (2004)

    script, production, direction

    An European Educational Model

    shot in Spain

    client: Joodse Omroep

    The Netherlands

    (2006)

    script, production, editing, direction

    Ruinas Modernas

    Ruinas Modernas

    based on archival materials

    client: Julia Schulz-Dornburg

    Spain

    (2011)

    script, direction

    Vinalsa

    shot in Spain

    client: Diptech

    Israel

    (2017)

    script, camera, direction

    Balink Glas Alumium

    shot in The Netherlands

    client: Diptech

    Israel

    (2018)

    script, camera, direction

  • Working for others

    professional collaborations with and for other partners.

    Programm Coordinator

    Jerusalem

    jerusalem cinematheque

    Video Coordinator

    Jerusalem

    Fransbrood

    Tour Manager

    Europe

    IBA Jerusalem

    Scriptwriter & Director

    Catalunya

    Televisió de Catalunya

    Scriptwriter & Director

    Catalunya

    Lavinia

    Ass. Director

    Barcelona

    Universidad de Puerto Rico

    Film Workshop

    Puerto Rico

    Fulanito de Tal

    Production

    Barcelona

    Festival Cinema Jueu

    Production

    Barcelona

    IVAM

    Scriptwriter & Director

    Valencia

    Goethe Institut

    Scriptwriter & Director

    Barcelona

    Rosh Hutsot

    Tour Manager

    Europe

    magma cultura

    Tour Manager

    Catalunya

    iksvy

    Scriptwriter

    Barcelona

    Universidad de Costa Rica

    Film Workshop

    Costa Rica

    Scriptwriter & Director

    Spain

    Ass. Director

    Barcelona

    Fundación ICO

    Concept & Director

    Madrid

    Kenya Films School

    Film Workshop

    Kenya

    Conca

    Scriptwriter & Director

    Catalunya

    Universidad de los Andes

    Film Workshop

    Bogotá

    Joodse Omroep

    Scriptwriter & Director

    The Netherlands

    Fundació Baruch Spinoza

    Scriptwriter & Director

    Barcelona

    Production

    Israel

    diptech

    Scriptwriter & Director

    Israel

    vinalsa

    Scriptwriter & Director

    La Rioja

    balín

    Scriptwriter & Director

    The Netherlands

    Universidade do Estado de Santa Caterina

    Film Workshop

    Brazil

    medianimación

    Scriptwriter & Director

    Barcelona

  • Prizes & Grants

    American-Israel Cultural Foundation

    America-Israel Cultural Foundation

    Israel

    aecid

    Research Fellowship

    Spain

    Academy of Media Arts Cologne

    Artist Fellowship

    Germany

    European Association for Jewish Culture

    European Association for Jewish Culture

    United Kingdom/ France

    Casa de Velázquez

    Artist Fellowship

    France

  • Press

    a selection of what people wrote about my work

    Cahiers du Cinema

    «Mauas finds the balance between exhaustive research and intimate personal reflection»

    Deutschland Radio

    «This film is an event, because it reveals how the mysterious death of a German thinker converts a little village of the Catalan Pyrenees to a crossroad of European history»

    La Vanguardia

    «The result is a “film noir” that moves between a classic documentary and the video art. In “Who killed Walter Benjamin…” not only is reconstructed the death of the writer but also is recreated “the scene of the crime”»

    Die Tageszeitung

    «With persistence Mauas seizes new relevant details from witnesses of that time which until now has been ignored by the international Benjamin research»

    Fotogramas

    «Mauas traces a journey that goes from the legend to the social phenomenon, proposing a reflection on art as a business, with the schemes between innocent buyers and those who take over the art market, but he also includes a look into the identity of the artist and the authorship of his canvases»

    El Mundo

    «Is it real or false? Is it a farce? Is it a fiction? Do these characters really exist? What are we talking about? A painting? The art market? Goya? Or about Spain?, asks David. And indeed he talks about all this and much more»

    El Funàmbul

    «...Mauas's documentaries are also, or perhaps above all, a reflection on the medium itself. About the documentary as a gender and the cinema, in general. About illusion and truth.»

    Washington Jewish Film Festival

    «Perhaps the first ever film noir intellectual historical film, Mauas´documentary is at once beguiling and enlightening»

    El Heraldo de Aragón

    «The author draws a suggestive and very personal vision of the great Goya ( …) The images come and go to the beat of a rhythm labyrinthine which reminds ‘The Aspern Papers’ or the investigations of Sherlock Holmes»

    Público

    «Just as Hitchcock’s MacGuffin, the theory of the signatures works as a plot element that allows to speak about the legends that surround Goya»

  • A few lines about me

    I was born in Buenos Aires, lived in Jerusalem, and now in Barcelona for more than 20 years. My main passion and work is writing and directing non fiction films. In addition to my own films I make my living working with and for others: in scriptwriting, direction and production. Not only in films, but also in cultural projects and special events. I enjoy every new challenge.

    Any project is for me a window to a new world of knowledge and dialogue. I love to hear about new ideas and collaborations. If you have any inquiry, proposal or just want to say hello, you are welcome to contact me.

    Thanks for your interest in my work.

    Looking forward!

    David.

     

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