The 25 best directors from Spain

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Alejandro Amenábar
Writer, The Others
Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis. His film Open Your Eyes was a huge success in Spain and was distributed worldwide...
“ "Mar Adentro", "Tesis", "Abre los Ojos", "The Others", "Ágora" ” - CZJFan87
Luis Buñuel
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca...
“ "Un chien andalou", "L'âge d'or", "Viridiana", "Belle de jour", "Tristana", "La Voie Lactée", "Le Fantôme de la Liberté"... ” - CZJFan87
“ "The Impossible", "El orfanato" ” - CZJFan87
“ "8 apellidos vascos", "El otro lado de la cama", "Los 2 lados de la cama", "Las 13 rosas"... ” - CZJFan87
Pedro Almodóvar
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ "Hable con ella", "Volver", "Todo sobre mi madre", "Carne trémula", "¡Átame", "La mala educación"... ” - CZJFan87
“ "Buried", "Red Lights"... ” - CZJFan87
Fernando Trueba
Writer, Belle Epoque
Trueba studied Imagen at the Facultad de Ciencias de la Información, was cinema critic for the newspaper 'El País' and for 'La Guía del Ocio' and also founded the journal "Casablanca". At the movies his first success was Opera Prima following the style of the "comedia madrileña". He had major success with Sé infiel y no mires con quién starting a longer colaboration with the producer Andrés Vicente Gómez.
“ "La niña de tus ojos", "Two Much", "Belle Époque", "Chico & Rita", "El embrujo de Shangai", "El milagro de Candeal"... ” - CZJFan87
Achero Mañas
Born in 1966, Achero Mañas first followed in the steps of his mother, actress Paloma Lorena (who played in two of his films), but he soon turned from thespian to film director. He made three shorts before meeting with success - both public and critical - with El Bola, the sensitive portrait of a pair of big city kids...
“ "El bola", "Noviembre", "Todo lo que tú quieras" ” - CZJFan87
Álex de la Iglesia
He was born in Bilbao in 1965. At ten he was drawing comics and he acknowledges Alex Raymond, Stan Lee and Vazquez as his spiritual fathers. Wishing to further widen his horizons, he studied at Deusto University where, according to him, he spent most of the time at the bar and in the film society. Determined to join the world of show business...
“ "La comunidad", "El día de la bestia", "la chispa de la vida"... ” - CZJFan87
“ "Cuando vuelvas a mi lado", "Héctor"... ” - CZJFan87
Luis García Berlanga
Writer, El verdugo
Berlanga commenced his studies in Valencia in1928, although in 1929 his family sent him and his brother Fernando (due to a lung disease) to the Beau-soleil hospital school in Switzerland. In 1930, he returned to the San José School in Valencia where he stayed until 1931, the year in which the Jesuits were expelled from Spain...
“ "Bienvenido Mr. Marshall", "Todos a la cárcel", "Patrimonio nacional", "La escopeta nacional", "Calabuch", "Paris Tumbuctú", "La vaquilla"... ” - CZJFan87
“ "Celda 211", "la caja Kovak"... ” - CZJFan87
“ "El espíritu de la colmena", "El sur", "El sol del membrillo" ” - CZJFan87
Antonio Mercero
Spanish director, author of great success TV series and several award-winning films. His father, a staff chief in a local tyre factory, was shot by the anarchists in the Spanish Civil War when he was only 6 months old. His mother wanted him to study Law, and that's what he did. He starting studying at the University of Valladolid...
“ "La cabina" (c), "La guerra de papá", "Planta 4ª", "la hora de los valientes"... ” - CZJFan87
Icíar Bollaín
Director, Te doy mis ojos
Born in Madrid, Iciar Bollain has worked as an actress in films such El Sur (1983), directed by Víctor Erice; Sublet (1991) directed by Chus Gutiérrez, Malaventura (1988) directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón; El Mejor de los Tiempos (1990) and Un Paraguas para Tres (1992) directed by Felipe Vega, Tierra y Libertad (1995) directed by Ken Loach...
“ "Te doy mis ojos", "También la lluvia", "Hola, ¿estás sola?", "Flores de otro mundo"... ” - CZJFan87
“ "Heroína", "El misterio Galíndez", "El principio de Arquímedes", "Una mujer invisible"... ” - CZJFan87
“ "Una palabra tuya", "La suerte dormida". ” - CZJFan87
“ "Choque" (c), "Los cronocrímenes", "Extraterrestre"... ” - CZJFan87
“ "Los lunes al sol", "Familia", "Barrio", "Princesas"... ” - CZJFan87
Santiago Segura
Born in Madrid, Santiago Segura started his career by making his first short movie at the age of fourteen. After studying Arts in Madrid, he finally decided to become a filmmaker. His first short film Relatos de la medianoche was made with a budget of only 7.000 pts. (about 60 dollars). After that, he appeared as a contestant in several Spanish TV quiz shows...
“ "Torrente" 1,2,3,4... ” - CZJFan87
Carlos Saura
Writer, Cria Cuervos
Spanish director, writer, producer (2 films) and actor (2 films). His interest on cinema started when he was very young. His mother, who was a pianist, instilled in him the liking for music, and his brother, Antonio, who was a painter, the passion for art. When he was an teenager he started to practice photography...
“ "La caza", Los golfos", "Peppermint frappé", "La prima Angélica"... ” - CZJFan87
“ "AzulOscuroCasiNegro", "Gordos", "Primos"... ” - CZJFan87
Julio Medem
Director, Sex and Lucia
Julio Medem was born in San Sebastian in northern Spain. As a teenager Medem made short movies with a super-8 camera owned by his father. Some of those films are "El ciego" (1976), "El jueves pasado" (1977) and "Fideos" (1979.) Wanting to know more about the darkest corners of the human mind, Medem studied psychiatry...
“ "Lucía y el sexo", "La pelota vasca", "Habitación en Roma", "La ardilla roja", "Tierra" ” - CZJFan87
José Luis Garci
Born on January 20th of 1944 in Madrid, Spain, José Luis Garci is without a doubt one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film in Spain and perhaps the best known writer in the country. He has left a distinguished talent in his successful movies throughout the years: La Cabina (1972)...
“ "You're the one", "El abuelo", "Canción de cuna"... ” - CZJFan87
“ "Elegy", "My Life Without Me", "Mapa de los sonidos de Tokio"... ” - CZJFan87