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Alejandro Amenábar

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 Tesis (1996). His film Open Your Eyes (1997) was a huge success in Spain ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 55 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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The Others
The Others Writer
Open Your Eyes
Tesis Writer
The Sea Inside


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 2017 Danielle (Short)
 2015/I Regression
 2015/I Vale (Short)
 2009 Agora (written by)
 2004/I The Sea Inside (screenplay)
 2004 El soñador (Short) (idea)
 2001 Vanilla Sky (film "Abre Los Ojos")
 2001 The Others (written by)
 1996 Tesis (screenplay) / (story)
 1995 Luna (Short)
 1992 Himenóptero (Short)
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Other Works:

Short / TV commercial for Estrella Damm - Director See more »

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1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

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Alejandro Amenabar

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I don't consider myself a dark person. I just like to play with dark characters. See more »


He didn't finish his university studies due to one 4th grade subject, "Film writing". The last name of the professor who kept failing him is Castro, and that also the last name of the evil professor in his first long movie, Tesis (1996). Amenábar claims he used the last name inadvertedly at first, it was the university people who noticed the coincidence and asked him to change it. In the end he ... See more »

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