Hugo Santiago was born Hugo Santiago Muchnick in 1939 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has lived in France since 1959. He studied Literature, Philosophy and Music. From 1959 to 1966 he was assistant director to Robert Bresson. In 1969 he made his first feature film Invasión in his native Argentina based on an idea by celebrated writers Adolfo Bioy Casares and Jorge Luis Borges, who also co-wrote the script. Adolfo Bioy Casares described the film in May 1969 as follows:
“Invasión modernises the theme of The Iliad: it does not praise the shrewdness and effectiveness of the conqueror, but rather the courage of a handful of warriors ready to defend their Troy-which is far too much like Buenos Aires-where there is always a group of friends and a tango inviting you to fight for just and noble causes. Homer will forgive me: the heart is always on the side of those who resist. I believe Hugo Santiago has created an extraordinary film”.
This classic of Argentinian cinema was followed… read more