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Alejandro Amenábar
Born Alejandro Fernando Amenábar Cantos
March 31, 1972 (1972-03-31) (age 37)
Santiago, Chile
Occupation Film director, screenwriter & composer
Years active 1992 - present

Alejandro Fernando Amenábar Cantos (born March 31, 1972) is a Spanish film director. Amenábar was born in Santiago, Chile 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 Awards-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.

In February 2004, Amenábar came out to the Spanish gay magazine Shangay Express.[1]




  • Himenóptero (1992)
  • Luna (1995)

Full length films

Other works

  • 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]

Future projects

Amenábar shot in 2008 an epic film called Ágora which he wrote with Mateo Gil.[2] The film is set in Roman Egypt and is based on the life of a slave who falls in love with his master, philosophy professor Hypatia of Alexandria. Amenábar was actually approached to direct the live action film Dragonball Evolution but turned it down.[3]


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