The 25 best directors from Spain

by CZJFan87 | created - 18 Dec 2012 | updated - 04 Jun 2014 | Public

1. 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 ...

"Mar Adentro", "Tesis", "Abre los Ojos", "The Others", "Ágora"

2. Luis Buñuel

Writer | El ángel exterminador

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 ...

"Un chien andalou", "L'âge d'or", "Viridiana", "Belle de jour", "Tristana", "La Voie Lactée", "Le Fantôme de la Liberté"...

3. J.A. Bayona

Director | El orfanato

J.A. Bayona was born on May 9, 1975 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Juan Antonio García Bayona. He is a director, known for The Orphanage (2007), The Impossible (2012) and A Monster Calls (2016).

"The Impossible", "El orfanato"

4. Emilio Martínez Lázaro

Director | Ocho apellidos vascos

Emilio Martínez Lázaro was born in 1945 in Madrid, Spain. He is a director and writer, known for Spanish Affair (2014), The Other Side of the Bed (2002) and Lulú de noche (1986). He was previously married to Sol Alameda.

"8 apellidos vascos", "El otro lado de la cama", "Los 2 lados de la cama", "Las 13 rosas"...

5. 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 ...

"Hable con ella", "Volver", "Todo sobre mi madre", "Carne trémula", "¡Átame", "La mala educación"...

6. Rodrigo Cortés

Editor | Buried

Rodrigo Cortés was born in 1973 in Pazos Hermos, Ourense, Galicia, Spain as Rodrigo Cortés Giráldez. He is an editor, known for Buried (2010), Red Lights (2012) and The Contestant (2007).

"Buried", "Red Lights"...

7. 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 ...

"La niña de tus ojos", "Two Much", "Belle Époque", "Chico & Rita", "El embrujo de Shangai", "El milagro de Candeal"...

8. 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 ...

"El bola", "Noviembre", "Todo lo que tú quieras"

9. 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 (...

"La comunidad", "El día de la bestia", "la chispa de la vida"...

10. Gracia Querejeta

Director | Siete mesas de billar francés

Gracia Querejeta was born on August 13, 1962 in Madrid, Spain. She is a director and writer, known for Siete mesas de billar francés (2007), By My Side Again (1999) and Héctor (2004).

"Cuando vuelvas a mi lado", "Héctor"...

11. 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 ...

"Bienvenido Mr. Marshall", "Todos a la cárcel", "Patrimonio nacional", "La escopeta nacional", "Calabuch", "Paris Tumbuctú", "La vaquilla"...

12. Daniel Monzón

Writer | Celda 211

Daniel Monzón was born in 1968 in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain as Daniel Monzón Jerez.

"Celda 211", "la caja Kovak"...

13. 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).

"El espíritu de la colmena", "El sur", "El sol del membrillo"

14. Antonio Mercero

Director | Planta 4ª

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...

"La cabina" (c), "La guerra de papá", "Planta 4ª", "la hora de los valientes"...

15. 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, ...

"Te doy mis ojos", "También la lluvia", "Hola, ¿estás sola?", "Flores de otro mundo"...

16. Gerardo Herrero

Producer | El secreto de sus ojos

Gerardo Herrero was born on January 28, 1953 in Madrid, Spain. He is a producer and director, known for The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), Comanche Territory (1997) and Heroína (2005).

"Heroína", "El misterio Galíndez", "El principio de Arquímedes", "Una mujer invisible"...

17. Ángeles González Sinde

Writer | La suerte dormida

Ángeles González Sinde was born in 1965 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as Ángeles González-Sinde Reig. She is a writer, known for Sleeping Luck (2003), One Word from You (2008) and Lucky Star (1997).

"Una palabra tuya", "La suerte dormida".

18. Nacho Vigalondo

Writer | Los cronocrímenes

Nacho Vigalondo was born in 1977 in Cabezón de la Sal, Cantabria, Spain. He is a writer and actor, known for Timecrimes (2007), Colossal (2016) and Extraterrestrial (2011).

"Choque" (c), "Los cronocrímenes", "Extraterrestre"...

19. 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).

"Los lunes al sol", "Familia", "Barrio", "Princesas"...

20. Santiago Segura

Actor | Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley

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).

After...

"Torrente" 1,2,3,4...

21. 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 ...

"La caza", Los golfos", "Peppermint frappé", "La prima Angélica"...

22. Daniel Sánchez Arévalo

Writer | Azuloscurocasinegro

Daniel Sánchez Arévalo was born on June 24, 1970 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain. He is a writer, known for Dark Blue Almost Black (2006), Fat People (2009) and Traumalogía (2007).

"AzulOscuroCasiNegro", "Gordos", "Primos"...

23. 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...

"Lucía y el sexo", "La pelota vasca", "Habitación en Roma", "La ardilla roja", "Tierra"

24. 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 ...

"You're the one", "El abuelo", "Canción de cuna"...

25. 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).

"Elegy", "My Life Without Me", "Mapa de los sonidos de Tokio"...



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