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José Luis Garci

José Luis Garci

José Luis Garci (born January 20, 1944 in Madrid, Spain) is a director, producer, writer, and actor in Spanish cinema.

Garci gained early experience in cinema by writing scripts and acting. He made his directorial debut in 1970 with El Cronicón. After a relative success in one dozen of movies, in 1977 the moviegoers were impressed with Asignatura pendiente (aka Unfinished Business). Then, Garci earned worldwide recognition in 1982 with Volver a Empezar (aka Begin to Beguine), winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, which was the first Oscar statuette won by Spain as well.

Garci's next films include Sesión Continua (aka Double Feature, 1984, Academy nomination), Asignatura Aprobada (aka Course Completed, 1987), Canción de Cuna (aka Cradle Song, 1994), La Herida Luminosa (aka The Wound of Light,1997), and El Abuelo (aka The Grandfather, 1999), which was Spain's submission for the Best Foreign Film category of the Academy award.

Recently, Garci directed Una Historia de Entonces (aka You're The One, 2001), Historia de un Beso (aka Story of a Kiss, 2002) and Hotel Danubio (2003). In addition to filmmaking, he is a popular television and radio sportscaster in his homeland.


  • Volver a Empezar (Academy Best Foreign Language Film winner, 1982)
  • Sesión Continua (Academy Best Foreign Language Film nomination, 1984)
  • Una Historia de Entonces (European Film Academy Best European Director nomitation, 2001)

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

José Luis Garci Facts

BirthdayJanuary 20, 1944 (80)
BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

Selected Filmography

The Grandfather
El Abuelo 
To Begin Again
Begin the Beguine
You're the One
Holmes & Watson: Madrid Days
Pack: Ninette + Los Borgia + Lola: La Película
Cradle Song
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