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Montxo Armendáriz

  • Montxo Armendáriz © Carlos Miralles / EL MUNDO

    Montxo Armendáriz © Carlos Miralles / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Jan 27, 1949

"Film director and producer. He was president of the Audiovisual Media Intellectual Property Association (DAMA) and vice-president of the Spanish Film Academy."

He was born in Olleta, Navarre in 1949, and taught electronics until 1979, when he decided to make his first short film ‘La danza de lo gracioso’. Two years later, the documentaries ‘Ikusmena’ and ‘Carboneros de Navarra’ appeared, the experiences of the latter inspiring him to make the feature film ‘Ikuska 12’. The following films focus on marginalised groups, or those with problems, and include ‘27 hours’, ‘Letters from Alou’ and ‘Stories from the Kronen’. In 1997, he released ‘Secrets of the Heart’, nominated for an Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film. After ‘Broken silence’ and ‘Escenarios móvil’, he directed ‘Obaba’ in 2005.


National Film Award (1998)
Goya Best Screenplay Award (1990)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2020)

Essential works

  • Film - Generic image

    Letters from Alou (direction, script)

    A film of social criticism, winner of the Concha de Oro award at the San Sebastián Film Festival.

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  • Tasio. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    Tasio (direction, script)

    This first work of director Montxo Armendáriz, a documentary-like story of love and solitude, was highly acclaimed at the Festival of San Sebastián. 

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Other highlighted works

  • La danza de lo gracioso.
  • Ikusmena
  • Carboneros de Navarra
  • Ikuska 12
  • 27 hours
  • Stories of the Kronen
  • Secrets of the heart
  • Broken silence
  • Escenarios móvil
  • Obaba
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