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Francisco Javier Gutiérrez (born July 5, 1973) is one of the most awarded and lauded fantasy genre filmmakers in Spain. His fans consider him a cult director for his works like the short films Brasil and Norman's Room

Javier Gutierrez

Javier Gutierrez shooting Before the fall in 2007
Born Francisco Javier Gutierrez
July 5, 1973 (1973-07-05) (age 36)
Córdoba, Andalusia, Esp



F. Javier Gutiérrez was born in Córdoba, on July 5, 1973. Javier moved to Madrid in 1991 to study law. While attending Law School he also studied acting and produced his first short films. With El Cuerpo (1998) he entered the his first international festivals where he was quickly identified as a director with a distinct personal style.


In 2001, F. Javier Gutiérrez created his own production company aiming to make films with an international reach. In 2002 he was invited by TVE program “Versión Española” to direct a piece for the series “Diminutos del Calvario II”. News of Javier’s La habitacion de Norman (Norman's Room), a claustrophobic tribute to Psycho, was published by film industry magazines in the US. In the same year, he won the “Universal Studios” prize and moved to Los Angeles. In 2007, Javier received an offer from Antonio Banderas and Antonio Pérez to direct his first feature film, Before the Fall (2008) which entered the official section “Special Panorama” at the Berlin Film Festival


F. Javier Gutiérrez’s stories are rich and profound. The visual style of his sets brings to memory the 1970’s decade and his photography and sound are meticulous and exquisite. Apocalypse and violence are at the centerpiece of his works and it is his perception of these obscure and unsettling themes what divides his followers from his critics. However, most agree that as a filmmaker he has an unusual ability to stir emotions and that he is a compelling storyteller.

Before the fall

Before the fall is Javier Gutiérrez’s first feature film. During its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival the public booed and applauded equally. The controversy grew among the critics when Rebeca Davis from the Daily Telegraph praised the films as one of the best in the festival because

“it proves that films about armageddic meteorites crashing into the earth can be both intelligent and moving. Deep Impact it ain't[1]

Whereas Jay Weissberg from Variety attacked the film because of its violence, labeling it as unpleasant and inappropriate

"College-age males may get a kick, but survival chances outside Spain are slim.[2]"

However, before its Spanish premiere at the Malaga Film Festival, the film had already been sold for distribution in Japan and two offers had been received for a remake in English.

In 2008, Before the fall became a buzz in Europe. In Spain, the film won the main awards in the most prestigious Spanish film festival, the 2008 Malaga Film Festival (including Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay), the Miradas Award (TVE) for the Best Motion Picture of the Year and several awards and nominations in the Actors Guild of Spain and the Spain Critics Awards. In the other hand, in Europe, the film was finalist for the 2008 European Film Awards and won the main prizes in some of the most prestigious Science-Fiction and Fantasy Film Festivals (including Best Motion Picture in Trieste Film Festival and Audience Award in Nantes Film Festival) .

In 2009, Before the fall was included in the third place in the 2008 Hollywood International Watch List.

The film is still releasing in several countries and International Film Festivals.


  1. ^ The best (and worst) of the Berlin Film Festival : February 2008 : Reel Life : Arts : Telegraph Blogs
  2. ^ Before the Fall Movie Review From The Berlin Film Festival

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