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Icíar Bollaín

  • Icíar Bollaín © Carlos Miralles / EL MUNDO

    Icíar Bollaín © Carlos Miralles / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Jun 12, 1967

"Actress, scriptwriter and film director. She is a representative of the new generation of film directors."

Born in Madrid in 1967, she started out in film at just 16, performing in Víctor Erice’s film El Sur (1983). She continues to work as an actress, performing in different films such as Un paraguas para tres and Land and Freedom. Nonetheless, she has seen greatest success as a director. Her first feature film ‘Hi, Are you Alone?’ was made in 1995. This was followed by Flowers from Another World, Take My Eyes, which won seven Goya, and Mataharis. She premièred her film Even the Rain in 2010.


Goya Best Film Award (2003)
Goya Award for Best Original Screenplay (2003)
Goya Award for Best Director (2003)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2021)

Essential works

  • The South. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    The South (interpretation)

    This is a Spanish film classic. Nevertheless, it is an unfinished work, as shooting of the film has to end some weeks before planned because of lack of money. 

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  • Take My Eyes. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    Take My Eyes (direction, script)

    A startling film that takes on issues concerning abuse and domestic violence from all points of view. 

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Other highlighted works

  • Hi, Are You Alone?
  • Even the Rain
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