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This chapter maps out the current works of Julio Medem. Medem has aspired to a concept of auteurism, and now, after five fictions and one documentary in which he resembles the mythological auteur, he faces the task of maintaining what is a deeply felt condition that can only be safeguarded by his imagination. Options for Medem include the seemingly ‘all or nothing’ gambit of Aitor, from whose inevitable controversy he may never recover, but which, if successful in artistic and commercial terms, would take him beyond the political expropriation of the film and any bad feeling in the Spanish media. Medem is a work in progress, busy constructing himself as auteur in the likeness of his own ambition. His story has been one of learning the responsibilities of authorship while enjoying the privileges of auteurism.


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