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Bruno Lázaro Pacheco (born 1957 in Madrid, Spain) is a critically acclaimed Spanish-Canadian film director who has written and directed fiction, documentary and experimental films.



Son of Spanish poet and writer Jesús López Pacheco who left Spain for Canada during the Fascist Francisco Franco dictatorship. His first feature, The Traveller (1990), had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and participated in the presentation of Canadian Cinema at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France.

He completed his film studies at the Centre for the Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada where he studied with renowed filmmakers Al Razutis and David Rimmer.

Lázaro Pacheco was a founding member of Cineworks, an independent filmmakers' co-operative society in Vancouver where he began making short fiction, documentary and experimental films.

After moving to Toronto in the 1990s, he made a controversial sci-fi cult film City of Dark in 1998. In 2004 he released his first Spanish film ¡Es para ti! shot both in Toronto and Barcelona.

Lázaro Pacheco has been a guest programmer at international festivals and established the Festival of Canadian Cinema in Madrid showcasing independent Canadian films in Spain. He currently lives in Madrid and Toronto working as a commercial director.


  • Hate to Love (1989) Awarded: Chicago International Film Festival - Silver Plaque Award
  • Swingspan (1989) Awarded: Northwest Film & Video Festival, Portland (Oregon) - Best Film
  • The Traveller (1990) Premiered: Toronto International Film Festival
  • City of Dark (1998) Awarded: Figueira da Foz International Film Festival - Most Innovative Film of the Festival
  • ¡Es para ti! (2004) Awarded: Lyon Festival of New Generation Cinema - Best Film Award. Biennale du cinema in Annecy - Grand prix
  • There Are No Outdoor Ice Rinks In Madrid (2008)

Further reading

  • “Video-Liebesbriefe digital” - Kameramann (2004) Germany - Wolfgang Jung
  • “La Hermosa Imperfección” - Contrastes (2004) Spain - Fernando I. Chover
  • “Visible Cities, Invisible Freedoms” (1998) - CineAction (No.45 Nov. 1998) Canada - Marcy Goldberg (ISSN 0826-9866)
  • “A la recherche d’une identité - Renaissance du cinéma d’auteur canadien-anglais” (1991) Pierre Véronneau, Cinémathéque Québécoise – Musée du Cinéma - Denyse Therrien (ISBN 2-89207-038-4)

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