Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis His film Open Your Eyes was a huge success in Spain and was distributed worldwide. He grew up in Madrid and entered the Sciences Information Faculty at Madrid's Complutense University, where he was not exactly a brilliant pupil, and after numerous scholastic failures he decided to give up studying cinema -- which was not what he wanted -- and started to make cinema -- which definitely was. In all his films he also writes the script and the music, as well as composing the music for other films, most notably "La Lengua de las Mariposas" He differs from most other Spanish directors inasmuch that he does not ingratiate himself on pet themes such as national foibles or recent past history, but ventures out into other spheres and has no fears about embarking into the phantasmagorical, psychological or even quasi-surrealist. Not yet thirty, this young man holds great promise for the next few years.
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Terrifying and suspense-filled enough to appeal to horror-film fans, they stop just short of the gore and nightmare-inducing properties found in traditional thrillers such as Carrie or The Exorcist, meaning that even scaredy-cats will be hooked, unable to leave their seats or lose concentration for a second. The film won its creator a Goya, the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar, and a prize in the Annecy Film Festival the following year. What starts as a deeply-tragic tale of crimes of passion has a bizarre twist at the end that crosses the fine line between life and death, dreams and reality, and leads viewers to question everything they have seen in the first hour and a half.
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