50 directores de cine español

by roxen_96 | created - 29 Oct 2016 | updated - 29 Oct 2016 | Public

The 50 best directors of Spanish cinema according to the Spanish magazine Caimán, cuadernos de cine. The list was voted by a selection of 350 critics, journalists, historians, professors, analysts, researchers, writters et c.

Caimán, cuadernos de cine Nº49 (100). May 2016

1. Luis García Berlanga

Writer | Plácido

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 ...

2. Víctor Erice

Director | El sur

Víctor Erice was born on June 30, 1940 in Karrantza, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain as Víctor Erice Aras. He is a director and writer, known for El Sur (1983), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) and The Quince Tree Sun (1992).

3. Luis Buñuel

Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

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 ...

4. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

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 ...

5. Fernando Fernán Gómez

Actor | Todo sobre mi madre

Spanish actor and director of cinema and theater. Son of the actress Carola Fernán Gómez. When he was three years old he comes back to Spain from Argentina. He has written comedies, novels and poem books. He plays a wide repertoire of roles from comedy to drama.

6. Carlos Saura

Writer | Peppermint Frappé

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 ...

7. Iván Zulueta

Director | Arrebato

Iván Zulueta was born on September 29, 1943 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, País Vasco, Spain as Juan Ricardo Miguel Zulueta Vergarajauregui. He was a director and writer, known for Rapture (1979), Un, dos, tres... al escondite inglés (1970) and Delirios de amor (1989). He died on ...

8. Juan Antonio Bardem

Writer | Calle Mayor

Juan Antonio Bardem was born on June 2, 1922 in Madrid, Spain as Juan Antonio Bardem Muñoz. He was a writer and director, known for Main Street (1956), La venganza (1958) and Death of a Cyclist (1955). He was married to María Aguado Barbado. He died on October 30, 2002 in Madrid.

9. José Luis Guerín

Director | La academia de las musas

José Luis Guerín was born in 1960 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a director and writer, known for The Academy of Muses (2015), Train of Shadows (1997) and En construcción (2001).

10. Jaime Chávarri

Director | A un dios desconocido

Jaime Chavarri is a professional lawyer who had a lot of amateur experience with his Super 8 camera. His first professional movie was Los viajes escolares (1976), with an autobiographical touch but it was misunderstood by most critics. Later he worked with the producers 'Elías Querejeta (I)' (The ...

11. Edgar Neville

Writer | El último caballo

Edgar Neville was born on December 28, 1899 in Madrid, Spain as Edgar Neville Romrée (conde de Berlanga de Duero). He was a writer and director, known for El último caballo (1950), La vida en un hilo (1945) and Flamenco (1952). He was married to Ángeles Rubio Argüelles y Alessandri. He died ...

12. Basilio Martín Patino

Writer | Nueve cartas a Berta

Martín Patino studied philosophy and arts but also attended the School of Cinema. He debuted at the movies with "Nueve cartas a Berta" (1967), one of the most important films of the New Spanish Cinema (nuevo cine español). The film "Canciones para después de una Guerra" (1971) which reconstructs ...

13. José Val del Omar

Cinematographer | Fuego en Castilla (Tactilvisión del páramo del espanto)

Creator of an extraordinary technological and artistic talent, "believer in cinema" and brightened by new horizons that were formed through the initials PLAT - (Spanish for) equivalent to the totaling concept Pict-lumen-audio-touch -, Val del Omar was contemporary and comrade in the Spanish ...

14. Lorenzo Llobet Gracia

Writer | Vida en sombras

Lorenzo Llobet Gracia was born on January 13, 1911 in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Llorenç Llobet Gràcia. He was a writer and director, known for Vida en sombras (1949). He died on August 3, 1976 in Sabadell, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain.

15. Mario Camus

Director | Young Sánchez

Camus started studying Law, but soon left his studies to enter the IIEC (now EOC) in 1956, where he got a director's diploma in 1963 with the training film El borracho (1962) and, finally, ended up as a professor. He worked with Carlos Saura in several screenplays during the early 60s (The ...

16. José Luis Borau

Writer | Leo

Born in Zaragoza (Spain). 1949. He began to study law in Zaragoza. 1952. He began to publish articles about cinema in the newspaper "El Heraldo de Aragon". April 1954-January 1956. Critic of cinema in the same newspaper. 1957. Enters the spanish Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias ...

17. Pere Portabella

Director | Die Stille vor Bach

Pere Portabella was born on February 11, 1929 in Figueres, Girona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a director and writer, known for The Silence Before Bach (2007), Warsaw Bridge (1989) and No compteu amb els dits (1967).

18. José Antonio Nieves Conde

Director | Todos somos necesarios

José Antonio Nieves Conde was born on December 22, 1915 in Segovia, Castilla y León, Spain. He was a director and writer, known for Todos somos necesarios (1956), Surcos (1951) and El diablo también llora (1965). He was married to María Luisa Mascuñán. He died on September 14, 2006 in Madrid...

19. Marco Ferreri

Writer | Storie di ordinaria follia

Marco Ferreri was born on May 11, 1928 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Tales of Ordinary Madness (1981), Dillinger Is Dead (1969) and L'udienza (1972). He was married to Jacqueline Ferreri. He died on May 9, 1997 in Paris, France.

20. Ladislao Vajda

Director | Es geschah am hellichten Tag

Ladislao Vajda was born on August 18, 1906 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as László Vajda Weisz. He was a director and writer, known for It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958), The Miracle of Marcelino (1955) and Uncle Hyacynth (1956). He died on March 25, 1965 in Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain.

21. Álex de la Iglesia

Director | The Oxford Murders

A spanish cult director, author of Day of the Beast (The Day of the Beast (1995)) and Acción mutante (1993) have their own very strong but small followings, and Dance With the Devil (Dance with the Devil (1997)) will go down in history as probably the weirdest Javier Bardem film ever made (...

22. José Luis Cuerda

Director | La lengua de las mariposas

José Luis Cuerda was born on February 18, 1947 in Albacete, Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He is a director and writer, known for Butterfly (1999), The Others (2001) and The Blind Sunflowers (2008).

23. Manuel Mur Oti

Writer | Orgullo

Manuel Mur Oti was born on October 25, 1908 in Vigo, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. He was a writer and director, known for Orgullo (1955), A Man on the Road (1949) and El batallón de las sombras (1957). He died on August 5, 2003 in Madrid, Spain.

24. 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 (1996). His film ...

25. Miguel Picazo

Director | La tía Tula

Miguel Picazo was born on March 27, 1927 in Cazorla, Jaén, Andalucía, Spain as Miguel Picazo Dios. He was a director and actor, known for Aunt Tula (1964), Extramuros (1985) and Oscuros sueños de agosto (1968). He died on April 23, 2016 in Guarromán, Jaén.

26. Albert Serra

Director | La mort de Louis XIV

Albert Serra was born in 1975 in Banyoles, Girona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a director and writer, known for The Death of Louis XIV (2016), Quixotic/Honor de Cavelleria (2006) and Story of My Death (2013).

27. Joaquim Jordà

Writer | Un cos al bosc

Joaquim Jordà was born on August 9, 1935 in Santa Coloma de Farners, Girona, Catalonia, Spain as Joaquim Jordà i Català. He was a writer and director, known for A Body in the Woods (1996), Monkeys Like Becky (1999) and De nens (2003). He died on June 23, 2006 in Barcelona, Catalonia.

28. Julio Medem

Director | Lucía y el sexo

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...

29. Florián Rey

Writer | La aldea maldita

Spanish director Florian Rey began his career in the film industry in the 1920s as an actor, but he soon switched careers and directed his first film in 1924. His 1927 film Sister San Sulpicio (1927) starred Spanish actress Imperio Argentina, whom he later married. His best-known film is The Cursed...

30. Francisco Regueiro

Writer | Padre nuestro

Francisco Regueiro was born in 1934 in Valladolid, Castilla y León, Spain. He is a writer and director, known for Padre nuestro (1985), Madregilda (1993) and The Good Love (1963).

31. Vicente Aranda

Director | Amantes

Vicente Aranda was born on November 9, 1926 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Vicente Aranda Ezquerra. He was a director and writer, known for Lovers: A True Story (1991), El Lute: Run for Your Life (1987) and The Maidens' Conspiracy (2006). He was married to Teresa Font. He died on May 26, 2015 in...

32. Icíar Bollaín

Director | Flores de otro mundo

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, ...

33. Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón

Writer | Demonios en el jardín

Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón was born on January 2, 1942 in Torrelavega, Cantabria, Spain as José-Manuel Gutiérrez Sánchez. He is a writer and director, known for Demonios en el jardín (1982), Maravillas (1981) and Habla, mudita (1973).

34. Carlos Vermut

Director | Magical Girl

Carlos Vermut was born on March 6, 1980 in Madrid, Spain as Carlos López del Rey. He is a director and writer, known for Magical Girl (2014), Quién te cantará (2018) and Diamond Flash (2011).

35. Isabel Coixet

Director | The Secret Life of Words

Isabel Coixet was born on April 9, 1960 in Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Isabel Coixet Castillo. She is a director and writer, known for The Secret Life of Words (2005), My Life Without Me (2003) and Things I Never Told You (1996).

36. Bigas Luna

Writer | Jamón Jamón

Bigas Luna was born on March 19, 1946 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Josep Joan Bigas Luna. He was a writer and director, known for Jamón, Jamón (1992), Caniche (1979) and The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997). He was married to Celia Orós. He died on April 6, 2013 in La...

37. 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 (1980) following the style of the "comedia madrileña". He had ...

38. Benito Perojo

Director | Goyescas

Benito Perojo was born on June 14, 1894 in Madrid, Spain. He was a producer and director, known for Goyescas (1942), A Prisoner Has Escaped (1935) and Marianela (1940). He died on November 11, 1974 in Madrid.

39. Agustí Villaronga

Director | El niño de la luna

Agustí Villaronga was born on March 4, 1953 in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain as Agustí Villaronga i Riutort. He is a director and writer, known for Moon Child (1989), Black Bread (2010) and 99.9 (1997).

40. Narciso Ibáñez Serrador

Writer | ¿Quién puede matar a un niño?

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador was born on July 4, 1935 in Montevideo, Uruguay as Narciso Esteban Ibáñez Serrador. He was a writer and director, known for Who Can Kill a Child? (1976), The House That Screamed (1969) and Historias para no dormir (1966). He was married to Adriana Gardiazábal and Diana Nauta...

41. Enrique Urbizu

Director | La caja 507

Enrique Urbizu was born in 1962 in Bilbao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain. He is a director, known for Box 507 (2002), No Rest for the Wicked (2011) and Life Marks (2003).

42. Montxo Armendáriz

Writer | Secretos del corazón

Montxo Armendáriz was born on January 27, 1949 in Olleta, Navarra, Spain. He is a writer and director, known for Secrets of the Heart (1997), Broken Silence (2001) and Las cartas de Alou (1990).

44. Pilar Miró

Director | El perro del hortelano

Born to a military family. Attends law studies before starting a newspaper career. In 1960 starts on TV. Joins the Socialist Party in 1976 and conducts the electoral campaign in 1982 and in the same year she is designated General Director of Cinema. Resigning in 1985, the next year she joins the ...

45. Jacinto Esteva

Writer | Después del diluvio

Jacinto Esteva was born in 1936 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Jacinto Esteva Grewe. He was a writer and director, known for Después del diluvio (1968), Metamorfosis (1970) and Le fils de Marie (2014). He died on September 9, 1985 in Barcelona.

46. Josefina Molina

Director | Esquilache

Josefina Molina was born on November 14, 1936 in Córdoba, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain as Josefina Molina Reig. She is a director and writer, known for Esquilache (1989), Night Function (1981) and Entre naranjos (1998).

47. Fernando León de Aranoa

Writer | Los lunes al sol

Fernando León de Aranoa was born on May 26, 1968 in Madrid, Spain. He is a writer and director, known for Mondays in the Sun (2002), Barrio (1998) and A Perfect Day (2015).

48. Mercedes Álvarez

Director | Mercado de futuros

Mercedes Álvarez was born in 1966 in Aldealseñor, Soria, Castilla y León, Spain. She is a director and writer, known for Mercado de futuros (2011), The Sky Turns (2004) and En construcción (2001).

49. José María Forqué

Director | 091 Policía al habla

José María Forqué was born on March 8, 1923 in Zaragoza, Spain as José María Forqué Galindo. He was a director and writer, known for 091 Policía al habla (1960), Whom God Forgives (1957) and Violent Fate (1960). He was married to Carmen Vázquez Vigo. He died on March 17, 1995 in Madrid, ...

50. José Luis Garci

Writer | Canción de cuna

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 ...



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