SPANISH CONTEMPORARY FILMAKERS (1980-2016)by CarlosAlvar | created - 30 Jul 2015 | updated - 17 Sep 2016 | Public
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 ...
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 Tesis (1996). His film ...
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 ...
Director | The Oxford Murders
A spanish cult director, author of Day of the Beast (El día de la bestia (1995)) and Acción mutante (1993) have their own very strong but small followings, and Dance With the Devil (Perdita Durango (1997)) will go down in history as probably the weirdest Javier Bardem film ever made (...
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 Cosas que nunca te dije (1996).
7. Achero Mañas
Director | El Bola
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 (2000), the sensitive portrait ...
9. 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...
12. 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 (1989) was made with a budget of only 7.000 pts. (about 60 dollars).
18. Icíar Bollaín
Director | Mataharis
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, ...
Writer | Alatriste
Born in Madrid, Spain, in 1950, his childhood was marked by the republicanism of his family opposed to dictator Francisco Franco, winner of the Spanish civil war. He spent his childhood in schools run by republican teachers where he received a liberal education. In the seventies he got a degree in ...
21. Gustavo Ron
Director | My Bakery in Brooklyn
Gustavo Ron was born on December 14, 1972 in Madrid, Spain as Gustavo Ron Zorzano. He is a director and producer, known for Bakery in Brooklyn (2016), Ways to Live Forever (2010) and Mia Sarah (2006). He has been married to Kiruca Utrera since September 21, 2002. They have two children.
24. Benito Zambrano
Director | Solas
Born in the South of Spain, Benito Zambrano first studied drama for three years with a view to becoming a theater director. He then worked for the Spanish television as a photographer and a camera operator. After a while, he felt the urge to turn to movie-making. This was the early 1990s and, as ...
28. Emilio Aragón
Composer | Pájaros de papel
Emilio Aragón comes from one of the most cherished artistic families in Spain that have travelled their art throughout Europe, Latin America and the U.S. for several generations. Gabriel, Emilio's great-grandfather, was a young seminarian pertaining to the bourgeoisie in the Granada of the XIX ...
Producer | Te doy mis ojos
Born in Madrid, Spain in 1963. Studied Theatre and Film History in Victoria, B.C. Canada 1979-84. Degree on Film making by The London Film School 1985-87. He moved to Madrid in 1988 where he worked as production manager and assistant director in both documentaries and feature films. In 1991 he ...
34. Lara Izagirre
Writer | Un otoño sin Berlín
Lara Izagirre Garizurieta (born in Amorebieta, Spain, 1985) graduated in Audiovisual Communication from the University of the Basque Country. She pursued her film studies at the NYFA in New York, where she worked for two years in different production companies assuming production duties.
At her next...
35. Lucas Figueroa
Director | Porque hay cosas que nunca se olvidan
Lucas Figueroa is a Spanish director. He also worked as screenwriter, producer post producer, editor, and cameraman. He has filmed in more than 20 countries and he has directed many commercials for television and movie theaters. He lives in Madrid, Spain. His short films won more than 300 awards ...
40. Carlos Iglesias
Actor | Un Franco 14 Pesetas
Carlos Iglesias was born in Quintanar de la Orden (Toledo, Spain). His parents migrated to Switzerland until he was 13 years of age and then to Madrid and Alicante, both in Spain. He became an actor by accident while playing the part of an actor who had fallen ill in an independent theater group. ...
45. Hugo Stuven
Director | Solo
Anomalous is his debut in the world of feature length film as a director and screenwriter. A psychological thriller shot between New York and Barcelona and starring Lluis Homar, Christy Escobar, Edgar Fox, Adria Arjona and Ben Temple.
With his first novel The Lighthouse of Lost Tears he was a ...
46. Chema Rodríguez
Writer | Estrellas de La Línea
Chema Rodríguez is a Spanish filmmaker and writer. He has contributed multipart documentaries on Latin America and Africa to Spanish television (TVE, GeoPlaneta), broadcasted in diverse international channels. In 2006 he took part in the Panorama section of the Berlinale with his full-length ...
48. Pau Masó
Actor | Aleksandr's Price
Pau Masó was born in Girona, Girona, Catalonia, Spain as Pau Masó Coromina. He is an actor, writer, director and producer. Known as a "self-made man", he is hard working, dedicated and persevering. To date, Pau has appeared in different productions, including Aleksandr's Price (2013) and El arte de...
50. Jesús del Cerro
Director | Hawaii
Jesús del Cerro is a writer, producer and director born in Madrid (Spain). He started working in popular Spanish TV series like "Medico de Familia", "Policias", " Compañeros" and "Un Paso adelante" . This one was a huge success all over the world and was sold to more than 70 countries like Germany,...
54. Martín Rosete
Producer | Money
Martín Rosete is an Award-winning Spanish film director based in New York. In 2013 he was nominated for the Spanish Academy Award (Goya Awards) and won the Melies d'Or for his short film Voice Over.
Rosete has directed and produced an American thriller film titled Money, written by Josep Ciutat and ...
60. Neus Ballús
Director | La plaga
Born in 1980 in Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona, Spain). She earned a degree in editing and filmmaking from Barcelona's Pompeu Fabra University. Her first short films, "The granddad with a movie camera" and "Immersion" earned several prizes around the world.
Her first feature-lenght film, "La Plaga" (...
Writer | Fuera del cuerpo
Vicente Peñarrocha was born in Spain and attended film school in Madrid and Santa Monica College. After writing several scripts, he made his directorial debut with Fuera del Cuerpo (2004), which got him critical acclaim. After that he enrolled in more international projects such as Arritmia (2007) ...
63. Jorge Algora
Director | El niño de barro
Jorge Algora. Licensed by the RESAD (Madrid Superior School of Dramatic Art). Make your first audiovisual piece in 1984 and until today he has worked in the management, implementation and writing scripts for movies, TV shows, documentaries and advertising. Born and begins to develop its activity in...
64. Rubén Arnaiz
Producer | Maleza
Born in Madrid in 1981. He studied 2 years at C.A.T.A. (Center of Arts and Audiovisual Techniques) direction and script, but he wasn't licensed. Since 2007 he has written, directed or produced more than 30 projects, including short films, documentaries, films and music videos, with his production ...
Director | La cerimònia de la llum
Jesús Manuel Montané (Barcelona, Spain, 1972) is a filmmaker who's always been fascinated by the dialogue between traditional storytelling and new technologies. In 1998 he wrote, produced and directed the short film 2.0 (1998), featuring one of the very first CGI actresses in movie history. It ...
Director | Airbag
Juanma Bajo Ulloa was born in Vitoria, a small town in northern Spain where he has set most of his movies.
From his childhood he has been in contact with the audiovisual business. His family owns a popular magazine in Vitoria specialized in photography.
At 14 he started making short movies in super-8...
78. Manuel Huerga
Director | Salvador (Puig Antich)
Manuel Huerga was born on October 20, 1957 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a director and editor, known for Salvador (Puig Antich) (2006), Antártida (1995) and Cerimònia d'inauguració jocs olímpics Barcelona '92 (1992).
Director | Tuya siempre
Director and Producer. Graduate in architecture from Escuela Técnica Superior De Arquitectura De Barcelona. In 1981 he co founded the production company Lolafilms, of which he was partner until 2003.
Since 2007 he has been teaching and lecturing on the film direction program at Escac (UB), Barcelona...
91. Miguel Bardem
Director | La mujer más fea del mundo
In 1964 Miguel Bardem was born into an iconic Spanish film family. His father was director Juan Antonio Bardem, his aunt is the actress Pilar Bardem and his cousins are actors Javier and Carlos Bardem. From an early age Miguel knew he would join the family business.
His first short, "La madre", ...
96. Gerardo Olivares
Director | 14 kilómetros
Gerardo Olivares was born in Córdoba, city of Andalucía in Spain. He have the same name of his father, an architect. Gerardo has studied Sciencie Information in the University Complutense of Madrid. Since 20 years old, he has been travel to places like North Cape in Norway or the Artic Circle. With...
99. Paco Arango
Writer | The Healer
Francisco (Paco) Arango was born in Mexico City in 1962. He and his family moved to Spain when he was very young.
He was educated in the United States (Deerfield Academy and Tufts University).
Arango became a successful solo recording artist for Sony Records in Latin America and Spain.
In 1999 he ...