Amenabar has received numerous awards for his first two films. His 1995 film debut Tesis (Thesis), which he wrote, directed, and scored, was released worldwide. It began the 1998 Berlin Film Festival as the Panarama opening film. It went on to win seven Spanish Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Script and Best Director.
His second film, Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes), became one of Spain's highest grossing films ever. Acting as writer, director and composer once again, the 1997 film also received worldwide distribution. In addition to serving as the Panarama opening film at the 1998 Berlin Film festival, Abre Los Ojos appeared at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Prix at the 1998 Tokyo International Film Festival. Its success spurred Hollywood to adapt a version for English-speaking audiences. Director Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, currently in post-production, is based on the Spanish film. It stars Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz, and is produced by Cruise/Wagner Productions.
Born in Chile, Alejandro Amenabar has spent most of his life in Spain. He currently resides in Madrid.
Alejandro Amenábar Facts
|Occupation||Director, Composer, Screenwriter|
|Birthday||March 31, 1972 (51)|
|Birthplace||Santiago de Chile, Chile|
|The Sea Inside|
|Open Your Eyes|