- Alejandro Amenábar
name = Alejandro Amenábar
birthdate = birth date and age|1972|3|31
location = Santiago,
birthname = Alejandro Fernando Amenábar Cantos
film director, screenwriter& composer
yearsactive = 1992 - present
academyawards = Best Foreign Film
goyaawards = Best Director
2001 "The Others"
Best Original Screenplay
2001 "The Others"
Best Original Score
goldenglobeawards = Best Foreign Film
imdb_id = Alejandro Fernando Amenábar Cantos (born
March 31, 1972in Santiago, Chile) is a Spanish filmdirector. Amenábar was born in Santiago, Chilein 1972, to a Spanish mother and Chilean father, but the family moved to Spainjust one year after his birth. He studied cinema at Madrid's Universidad Complutensebut eventually dropped out.
In addition to writing and directing his own films, Amenábar has maintained a notable career as a composer of film scores, including the Goya-nominated score for José Luis Cuerda's "
La lengua de las mariposas".
Amenábar was awarded the Grand Prix of the Jury at the International
Venice Film Festivalin 2004 for " Mar adentro" ("The Sea Inside"), and in February 2005 the same film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
In February 2004, Amenábar came out to the Spanish gay magazine "
Shangay Express". [cite web|url=http://www.cooperativa.cl/p4_noticias/antialone.html?page=http://www.cooperativa.cl/p4_noticias/site/artic/20040831/pags/20040831125516.html|title=Alejandro Amenábar: "No me importa reconocer que soy gay"|publisher=Radio Coopertiva|language=es|date=2004-08-31|accessdate=2007-02-13]
* "Luna" (1995)
* "Thesis (Tesis)" (also known as "Snuff") (1996)
* "Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos)" (1997)
* "The Others" (2001)
* "The Sea Inside (Mar adentro)" (2004)
Un viaje mar adentro" (television feature) (2005)
Amenábar is currently shooting an epic film called
Ágorawhich he wrote with Mateo Gil. [ [http://www.emol.com/noticias/todas/detalle/detallenoticias.asp?idnoticia=297601 Alejandro Amenábar inicia rodaje de uno de sus proyectos más ambiciosos | Emol.com ] ] The film is set in Roman Egypt and is based on the life of a slave who falls in love with his master, philosophy professor Hypatia of Alexandria. Amenábar was actually approached to direct the live action Dragonball film but turned it down. [ [http://liveactionanime.org/DBZ_LamDBZ.html DragonBall Live Action Movie ] ]
* [http://www.clubcultura.com/clubcine/clubcineastas/amenabar/index.htm Official website]
* [http://www.babab.com/no28/amenabar.php A monographic article in Spanish about Amenabar's films]
* [http://sonybmgmasterworks.com/artists/alejandroamenabar/ Discography at SonyBMG Masterworks]
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