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Juan Antonio Bayona

  • Juan Antonio Bayona at the 2012 San Sebastián Film Festival © Iñaki Pardo. Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián

    Juan Antonio Bayona at the 2012 San Sebastián Film Festival © Iñaki Pardo. Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián






Date of birth


"Film director. With a string of hits throughout his career, Juan Antonio Bayona has received the 2013 National Film Award."

Juan Antonio Bayona was born in Barcelona in 1975. He graduated from the ESAC (Catalonia Film and Audiovisual School). In 1993 he met the Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro at the Sitges Film Festival, who years later helped him produce his first feature film. In the second half of the 1990s he began making television advertisements and music videos. He directed the short films 'Mis vacaciones' (1999) and 'El hombre esponja' (2002), which went on to become two of the most highly acclaimed short films in recent Spanish cinema. In 2007 he presented his first feature film, 'The orphanage', at the Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival. This horror film won him seven Goya awards. His second film, 'The Impossible' (2012), featured an international cast, and its star, Naomi Watts, won a second Oscar nomination for her role. The film also became the highest-grossing film in the history of Spanish cinema, winning five 5 Goya awards including Best Director.


Goya Award for Best New Director (2008)
Goya Award for Best Director (2013)
National Film Award (2013)
Goya Award for Best Director (2017)

Highlighted works

  • A Monster Calls
  • The Impossible
  • La desgracia en 3D
  • The Orphanage
  • El hombre esponja
  • Mis vacaciones

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