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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Alex de la Iglesia

Alex de la Iglesia was born in 1965 in Bilbao, an occurrence that was to mark him for life. Right from a very early age he was attracted to comics and monsters, rounding off his world of obsessions by acquiring the complete collection of Forrest J. Ackerman’s Famous Monsters of Filmland at only 4 years of age. Proceeding to work in comics, his drawing eventually landed him work on theatre, film and TV sets. At the age of 22 he graduated in Philosophy at Deusto University, having managed to never quite understand Hegel, but having fallen in love with Cioran.

He started working in film as an art director and ended up making the short, Mirindas asesinas (1991), his first eccentric inroads to Dadaism. His footsteps then turned towards Madrid, where he helmed a filmography of fine works including Acción mutante (Mutant Action, 1992), El día de la Bestia (The Day of the Beast, 1995), Perdita Durango (Dance with the Devil, 1997), Muertos de risa (Dying of Laughter, 1999), La comunidad (Common Wealth, 2000), 800 balas (800 Bullets, 2002), Crimen ferpecto (Ferpect Crime, 2004) and The Oxford Murders (2008).
His last movie is Balada triste de trompeta (A Sad Trumpet Ballad, 2010), a look at the domestic horror of the Spanish transition, winner of the Best Screenplay and Directing awards at Venice Festival that same year. Today he lives happily.


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