(Madrid, 1969) Spanish writer, director and screenwriter. Trained as a journalist, he travelled to the United States to study screenwriting. On his return, he did his first work as a screenwriter. With La buena vida (1996) he made his debut as a film director, receiving two Goya Award nominations. In 2003, his adaptation of the novel Soldiers of Salamis was chosen by the Film Academy to represent Spain at the Oscars. In 2014, his film Living is Easy with Eyes Closed was the winner of six Goya Awards, including those for Best Director and Best Film. His latest film is A este lado del mundo(2020). As a writer he has published five novels, all of them with Anagrama: Abierto toda la noche, Cuatro amigos, Saber perder (2008 National Critics’ Prize), Blitz and Tierra de campos. His new novel, Queridos niños, will appear in September.
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