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José Luis Borau

  • José Luis Borau © Justy García / EL MUNDO

    José Luis Borau © Justy García / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Aug 8, 1929

Date of death

Nov 23, 2012

"Film director, screenwriter, producer, actor and Spanish film critic. In February 2008, he was named scholar of the Royal Spanish Academy, filling the vacancy left by Fernando Fernán-Gómez."

Born in Zaragoza in 1929, he holds a Law degree from the University of Zaragoza. He graduated in 1960 from the Official School of Cinematography, with the short film “En el río” (On the river). In 1963, he directed the spaghetti-western “Brandy.” He made his acting debut in “El juego de la oca” (Snakes and Ladders) by Manuel Summers. In 1967 he founded El Imán, the producer with which he made, among others, “Hay que matar a B” (Must kill B) and “Poachers”. The latter won the Concha de Oro at the International Festival of San Sebastian and achieved great commercial success. He was president of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences from 1994 to 1998. In June 2007, he was chosen as president of the Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE). He died in Madrid in 2012.


Concha de Oro at the International Festival of San Sebastian (1975)
Madrid Region Culture Award (2000)
Goya Award for Best Director (2001)
National Film Award (2002)

Essential works

  • Poachers © EFE

    Poachers (direction, script, interpretation)

    This film, about characters who are hiding from something, won an award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.

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  • My dearest senorita. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    My dearest senorita (script)

    A film showing great delicacy in dealing with a subject that was very polemical at this time – transvestism – and that underlines the social limitations faced by women. 

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Other highlighted works

  • Hay que matar a B (Must kill B)
  • Tata mía (My Tata)
  • Leo
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