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Álex de la Iglesia

  • Álex de la Iglesia © Roberto Cárdenas / EL MUNDO

    Álex de la Iglesia © Roberto Cárdenas / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Dec 4, 1965

"Film director, screenwriter and producer. He was president of the Spanish Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences."

He was born in Bilbao in 1965 and holds a degree in Philosophy from Deusto University. He started his film career with short films, and directed ‘Killer Orange Drinks’ in 1990. His first feature film, ‘Mutant Action’ was made in 1992. In 1995, he surprised the public and critics with one of his brilliant films, ‘The Day of the Beast’. This won him six Goya awards, one of which was for best director. Another of his great successes is ‘Commonwealth’ (2002). With more than nine feature films to his name, he is one of the best Spanish film directors. He has worked with some of the finest actors in Spain, such as Javier Bardem, Carmen Maura and Leonor Watling.


Goya Award for the Best Director (1995)
Madrid Region Culture Award (2009)
National Film Award (2010)
Silver Lion for best director at the Venice Film Festival (2010)
Osella Prize for the best script at the Venice Film Festival (2010) 
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2020)

Highlighted works

  • The Day of the Beast
  • Commonwealth
  • Balada triste de trompeta
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