His name is synonymous with acting, both in Argentina and in Spain and, at 93, Héctor Alterio continues to confirm this every time a film is made or goes on stage. Because incredibly he still does it, a little out of necessity and a little (or a lot) because of his enormous passion and vocation.
The Argentine actor, who has lived in Spain since 1975, is preparing his return to the theater in Buenos Aires with In Buenos Aireswhich announces itself as his farewell to the Argentine stages. Alterio will debut on April 7 at the Astros Theater, for only 12 single performances.
The show has the playwriting of Ángela Bacaicoa, his wife and mother of his children, Ernesto and Malena, who are also dedicated to acting. In In Buenos Airesit is told how Héctor, at the age of forty, in 1975, went to Spain to receive an award and when he wanted to return, there were no return planes for him.
With tangos, poetry, music and memories, Alterio will go through his life with lyrics and songs by León Felipe, Cátulo Castillo, pitch, Horacio Ferrer, Hamlet Lima Quintana and Eladia Blázquez. Like a journey between Buenos Aires and Madrid, he will intertwine his stories between love, humor and his sensitivity, accompanied on stage by the musician Juan Esteban Cuacci.
His talent led him to play leading roles in four of the top five foreign language films shortlisted for the Oscars: Truce (1974), Camilla (1984), The official story (which won the Oscar) e The son of the bride (2001).
The exile, due to the threats received by Tripe A in Argentina, installed him in Madrid, where he has lived ever since. Every now and then his work brings him back from this side of the Atlantic. The last time was in 2013.
So he did it to shoot the movie Fermín, glories of the tangoby Oliver Kolker and Hernán Findling, where he shared the cast with the Argentines Gastón Pauls and Luciano Cáceres, with a character who expresses himself only through tango words or phrases.
But a few years earlier, in 2008, Alterio had set foot on a stage in Buenos Aires when he starred alongside his Spanish colleague Jose Sagrestano the job Two less, by the French Samuel Benchetrit, in Paseo La Plaza, directed by Oscar Martínez. The piece then continued on stage with a season at the Fernán Gómez Theater. from Madrid.
Alterio then recalled that during that visit he had conflicting feelings that moved him greatly. According to what he said, the feeling was contradictory, on the one hand he wanted to come back but, at the same time, he didn’t. Something that he will surely relive during his stay in the city where he was born and where he began to relate to the theater.
That initial calling has never left him and has led him to act in dozens of films, series and plays. One of the last was The fatherby Florian Zeller, where he dazzled and moved with his performance, that of a man who begins to lose his memory.
Awarded internationally, even with a Goya of Honor, for his career, Alterio is also happy to have bequeathed his love of acting to his children who follow in his footsteps in the profession, in Spain.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.