Pilar Miro, Spain's well-known cinema and theatre director, died Oct. 21 at age 57 from a heart attack at her home in Madrid.
The director of works such as Hijos de un Dios Menor (Children of a Lesser God) and La Verdad Sospechosa (The Suspicious Truth), suffered from heart problems for many years, problems which finally put an end to her life after several surgical operations.
Pilar Miro focused her career on theatre and cinema after she had already been a director for Spanish Television (State Channels) and of cinematography.
In 1991 she directed the Madrid-centered comedy by Tirso de Molina La Verdad Sospechosa at the Comedy Theatre in Madrid. One month later was the premiere of her film Beltenebros, which won a Silver Bear at the Cinema Festival of Berlin. In December 1993 she directed a Catalonian adaptation of Las Amistades Peligrosas (Valmont) at the Condal Theatre in Barcelona. In 1994 she triumphed at the Zarzuela Theatre in Madrid with the opera El Cazador Furtivo (Furtive Hunter) by Weber.
Recently Miro had been producing weddings of Spanish princesses, and directed the film El Perro del Hortelano (The Farmer's Dog), which won seven Goya prizes (the Oscars of the Spanish Cinema Academy), including the Best Director Prize. Recently, the actors and actresses of the playEl Anzuelo de Fenisa (Fenisa's Hook), adapted and directed by Pilar Miro, which was touring around Spain and performing in Barcelona last Sunday, dedicated the show to the memory of their deceased director. -- By Carlos Lorenzo