Galician actress of enormous experience in theatre, cinema and television, in Galicia she is especially well known for her lead role in the comedy Pratos combinados (produced by Galician television channel, TVG) and, more recently, Pazo de familia. She won national recognition in 2004 with the Oscar-winning movie The Sea Inside, by Alejandro Amenábar, which earned her, among others, the Goya for Best Supporting Actress. Her filmography also includes The Orphanage (J.A. Bayona) and Goya’s Ghosts (Milos Forman).
In addition to being an actress, she has also worked as a translator, an assistant director and as a dubbing actor (in cinema, she was the voice of Michelle Pfeiffer in The Age of Innocence by Martin Scorsese).
In recent years she has taken part in the short films Anacos de Xacio Baño (2012), Dantzariak / Dancers by Axier Salazar (2015) and Ato San Nen by Pedro Collantes (2017).
She has produced, along with the photography director and television producer Enrique Banet, the documentaries: El Salario del Silencio and Unha lousa sobre o Courel.
Rodrigo Cortés (1973, Pazos Hermos, Ourense) felt the pull of cinema and directing from a young age and so by the time he was 16 he had already directed his first short film in Super-8. His first professional short films Yul (1998) and 15 Days (2001) garnered multiple awards, confirming his talent and his status as a directing talent on the rise, eventually resulting in his first full-length directorial debut Concursante (2007), that also earned several awards, including the Critics Award at Málaga Film Festival.
In 2010 he directed and edited the thriller Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and received considerable acclaim. In September 2012 Red Lights was released, a film that features performances from Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy. 2018 will see the premier of his new film, Down A Dark Hall, starring Uma Thurman and AnnaSophia Robb.
Juho Kuosmanen (1979) is a Finnish film director and screenwriter. His graduation film – after studying at Aalto University between 2004 and 2010 – was The Painting Sellers. It was nominated for five Finnish Film Academy Awards and won the first prize in Cinéfondation in Cannes Film Festival in 2010. His following film, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, was screened in the “Un Certain Regard” section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Prix Un Certain Regard, the highest prize awarded in that category.
Kuosmanen has also worked as an actor in Leea Klemola’s Arctic Trilogy, in the Tampere Theatre in Kokkola and in New Karleby; and also directed opera with conductors Sakari Oramo and Santtu-Matias Rouvali, including productions of Lulu (2009), Carmen (2010) and Silbersee (2013).