From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Alejandro Fernando Amenábar Cantos (born March 31, 1972 in Santiago, Chile) is a Spanish film director. Amenábar was born in Santiago, Chile in 1972, to a Spanish mother and Chilean father, but the family moved to Spain just one year after his birth. He studied cinema at Madrid's Universidad Complutense but 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 Festival in 2004 for Mar adentro ("The Sea Inside"), and in February 2005 the same film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Full length films
- Thesis (Tesis) (also known as Snuff) (1996)
- Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (1997)
- The Others (2001)
- The Sea Inside (Mar adentro) (2004)
- Agora (2009)
- Al Lado del Atlas (1994) [Composer]
- Allanamiento de Morada (1998) [Composer]
- La lengua de las mariposas (1999) [Composer]
- Nadie conoce a Nadie (1999) [Composer]
- Vanilla Sky (2001) [Writer]
- El Soñador (2004) [Writer and producer]
- Un viaje mar adentro (television feature) (2005) [Director]