Alejandro Amenábar (*1972)

the young director on the set of THE OTHERS (2001)

Alejandro Amenábar is barely 30 years old and already established in Hollywood - quite an achievment for a European filmmaker. His first feature TESIS (1996), made when the young director was 24, is - next to Ole Bornedal's NATTEVAGTEN (1994) and Quentin Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS (1992) - the best debut film of the 1990s. Amenabar followed this act with the thriller ABRE LOS OJOS (1997), which was re-discovered by Hollywood and remade in 2001 as VANILLA SKY, starring none other than Tom Cruise. It was Mr Cruise, who co-funded Amenábar's Hollywood debut, the spine-tingling chiller THE OTHERS (2001). Amenábar has Chilean roots (like the notorious Alejandro Jodorowsky) and usually also writes the music to his films.

Links: The Official Alejandro Amenábar Homepage (in Spanish)



Himenóptero (1992; dir, scr, mus, act; short)
Al Lado del Atlas (1994; mus?)
Luna (1995; dir, scr, mus, act; short)
Tesis (1996; dir, coscr, mus)
Abre los Ojos (1997; dir, coscr, mus)
Allanamiento de Morada (1998; mus; short)
La Lengua de las Mariposas (1999; mus)
Nadie Conoce a Nadie (2000; act, mus)
The Others (2001; dir, scr, mus)
Vanilla Sky (2001; based on his screenplay for ABRE LOS OJOS)
El Sonador (2004; coscr [idea], coprod; short)
Un Viaje Mar Adentro (2005; documentary about MAR ADENTRO)
Mar Adentro (2004; dir, coscr, edit, mus, coprod)

© Ron Altman (last update 12/15/06)