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Daniel Monzón

  • Daniel Monzón © EFE

    Daniel Monzón © EFE






Date of birth


"Film director, critic and screenwriter. He won eight Goya awards for his film “Cell 211”, released in 2009."

Daniel Monzón Jerez was born in Palma de Mallorca in 1968. Before working as a director he was a film journalist and critic in newspapers and the radio. He also worked for Spanish public television as assistant director in the programme “Días de cine”. Thanks to his experience in the media he has extensive knowledge of the world of films. He started to work as a screenwriter together with Gerardo Herrero, who asked him to write the film “Desvío al paraíso” with Santiago Tabernero (1994). In 2000 he directed his first film, “Heart of the Warrior”, for which he was nominated for a Goya award in the new director category. Then he directed “The Biggest Robbery Never Told” (2002) and “The Kovak Box” (2007), a thriller for which he won the Audience Award at the Lund Fantastic Film Festival (Sweden). In 2009 he released “Cell 211”, a story about prison, filmed in the old Zamora prison, and he won a Goya award for the best director.


Méliès d'Argent Prize at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival (2001).
Montreal Fantasia Film Festival Award for Best International Film (2001)
Audience Award at the Lund Fantastic Film Festival (2006)
Goya Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (2009)
Goya Award for Best Director (2009)
Mestre Mateo Award for Best Director (2009)
ACIB Award from the Filmmakers' Association in the Balearic Islands (2010)

Essential works

  • Cell 211 . Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    Cell 211 (direction)

    This film was the clear winner in the 2010 edition of the Goya Awards.

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Other highlighted works

  • Desvío al paraíso
  • Heart of the Warrior
  • The Biggest Robbery Never Told
  • The Kovak Box
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