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Fernando Trueba is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Espagnol born on 18 january 1955 at Madrid (Espagne)

Fernando Trueba

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Birth name Fernando Rodríguez Trueba
Nationality Espagne
Birth 18 january 1955 (64 years) at Madrid (Espagne)

Fernando Trueba (born 18 January 1955 in Madrid) is a Spanish book editor, screenwriter, film director and producer.

Between 1974 and 1979 he worked as a film critic for Spain's leading daily newspaper El Pais. In 1980, he founded the monthly film magazine Casablanca, which he edited and directed during its first two years. He is the author of Diccionario (Planeta 1997, Plot 2004, Galaxia Guttenberg 2006) and the editor of Diccionario del Jazz Latino (SGAE, 1998).

Among other awards, he has won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with Belle Époque in 1994, the Goya Award as Best Director three times and a Silver Bear for Year of Enlightment at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. Miracle of Candeal won the Goya for Best Documentary, and Chico and Rita won the Goya for Best Feature Animation. In 1999, The Girl of Your Dreams was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival. In 2011 he won the Award of the Hungarian National Student Jury for Chico and Rita at the 7th Festival of European Animated Feature Films and TV Specials.

As a music producer he has won two Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards.

He is the brother of David Trueba and the father of Jonás Trueba.

Biography

Né à Madrid, Fernando Trueba est le frère du scénariste et producteur David Trueba.

De 1974 à 1979, il est critique de cinéma pour le quotidien espagnol El pais, ainsi que pour l'hebdomadaire Guia del ocio. En 1980, il crée le magazine de cinéma Casablanca. Durant les années 1970, il réalise 6 courts-métrages.

En 1982, il se fait connaître du grand public avec son premier film, justement nommé Ópera prima, primé au festival international du film de Chicago. La même année, il fonde la maison de production Opera films. C'est avec Le Rêve du singe fou qu'il acquiert la renommée, confirmée par Belle Époque puis La Fille de tes rêves avec Penélope Cruz.

Il est l'auteur d'un Diccionario de cine (1997) et a édité un Dictionnaire du latin jazz en 1998.

En 2000, il crée la société de production de musique Lola records avec lequel il produit les bandes originales de ses films, dont Calle 54, qui donnera naissance en 2002 à un nouveau studio d'enregistrement, Calle 54 records''.

En 2016, il annonce avoir commencé le tournage de La Reine d'Espagne, la suite du long-métrage qui a valu a Penélope Cruz son premier Goya, La Fille de tes rêves.

Best films

Chico and Rita (2010)
(Director)

Usually with

Jorge Sanz
Jorge Sanz
(6 films)
Ariadna Gil
Ariadna Gil
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Fernando Trueba (16 films)

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Director

La Reine d'Espagne, 2h8
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Penélope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Neus Asensi, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Javier Cámara
Rating51% 2.557482.557482.557482.557482.55748
Dans les années 1950, en plein franquisme, la superstar internationale Macarena Granada retourne en Espagne, son pays natal, pour incarner Isabelle la Catholique dans un film biographique à grand budget. Quand il apprend son retour, Blas Fontiveros, un réalisateur qui l'a fait tourner dans une comédie musicale en 1938, retourne également à Madrid pour la revoir. Mais son arrivée déclenche une série d'événements inattendus qui perturbent le tournage du biopic surveillé par les hommes de Francisco Franco...
The Artist and the Model, 1h44
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Sculpture
Actors Jean Rochefort, Claudia Cardinale, Götz Otto, Aida Folch, Chus Lampreave, Christian Sinniger
Rating66% 3.345893.345893.345893.345893.34589
In the summer of 1943 in the occupied France, a famous sculptor, tired of life, finds a desire to return to work with the arrival of a young Spanish woman who has escaped from a refugee camp and becomes his muse.
Chico and Rita, 1h34
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Jazz films, Musical films
Actors Peter Appel, Jay Benedict
Rating71% 3.5973153.5973153.5973153.5973153.597315
In present-day Havana, Chico, a shoe-shiner, tunes his radio to the Radio Progreso station, which is playing old Cuban hits on a program called Melodies from Yesterday. As he listens, the station begins to play a romantic arrangement of A Taste of Me (Sabor a Mí) by Mexican composer Álvaro Carrillo (1921–69) which causes him to remember his life back in 1940s Cuba. In 1948 Havana, Chico and his best friend Ramón are struggling dandies in a low-life bar. Ramon arranges a double date for the both of them with two American tourists. They take the women to a bar where Chico falls in love with the band's beautiful lead singer, Rita. Chico attempts to talk to her, but an American tourist refuses to let Rita leave him. Chico and Ramón go to the Tropicana Club with their lady-friends, and sneak in through the performer’s entrance. While walking around, Chico sees upon Rita and her gentleman friend arguing. The Maitre d' overhears that Chico is an accomplished pianist and persuades him to substitute for the main event's missing pianist. Chico fills in, playing at first sight a new piece—Ebony Concerto by Igor Stravinsky. Chico, initially nervous, ends up performing the piece with aplomb, to the delight of the band. Rita finally agrees to ditch her date and flee with Chico on Ramón’s motorcycle and sidecar, along with the Americans. After a dangerous chase, the American man finally crashes into a car dealership, and the others escape. Rita and Chico leave the rest of the party and go to a bar where Chico introduces her to bebop music, which she takes up quickly. Afterwards they go to Chico’s place and spend the rest of the night together. The next day Rita wakes up to find Chico playing a new composition on the piano, which he names "Rita". As they play and kiss, Juana, Chico’s former girlfriend, walks in and picks a fight with Rita. The two women angrily leave Chico, feeling betrayed. However, Chico is still smitten with Rita and begs Ramon to convince her to perform with him for an upcoming radio contest. Ramon pays Rita to sing with Chico but after the contest, Rita leaves Chico without speaking to him. He follows her to the house of a santera, who predicts that Chico will cause her much suffering. That night, the station announces that Chico and Rita have won a month's engagement at the Hotel Nacional. A few weeks later, Chico and Rita are having great success in their performances. Rita’s beauty mesmerizes all the men, which ignites Chico’s jealousy. One of the admirers, Ron, asks Rita to his table to discuss business. He offers to take Rita to New York City to make her a star, where jazz and Latin music are a burgeoning scene. However, Rita insists that the offer must include Chico. Meanwhile, Chico has been watching from a distance and becomes jealous, believing Rita wishes to leave him for Ron. Rita attempts to explain that she is fighting for both of them to go to New York together, but Chico storms off. Rita goes to his apartment and waits for Chico, but falls asleep in the courtyard. She is awakened by Chico stumbling home with Juana. Hurt, Rita agrees to go to New York with Ron, alone. After her departure, Chico becomes depressed and he and Ramon eventually secure the means to go to New York to seek their fortunes as well. Chico and Ramón give Chano Pozo a letter of recommendation they received from his sister in Cuba. Chano is receptive and excited to meet fellow Cubans. However, he is involved in drugs and has a short temper. After discovering he was sold oregano instead of marijuana, Chano attacks the dealer, who later finds him in a bar and kills him. Chico finds work as a party musician, and Ramón as an usher at the Plaza Hotel. At one of his party gigs, Chico runs into a successful Rita again, who is hurt by the racist doubts of her fellow party goers about her upcoming film project. Chico and Rita run away in her new car and spend the night together again. The next day, Ron locates Ramón and proposes a deal to finance his artist-agency business, as long as Ramon finds jobs to keep Chico away from Rita. Ramón complies with his end of the bargain and signs Chico with Dizzy Gillespie, who gives him a gig in Paris and a European tour. Rita becomes a big film star while Chico finds a new girlfriend in Paris. One morning, while playing "Rita" at the piano, the girlfriend's dog, Lily, comes in and sits by Chico. He decides to change the name of the song to "Lily". Back in New York, despite her wealth and success, Rita is still mistreated socially due to her skin color. While being driven to a set, the radio plays a new Jazz hit that she instantly recognizes as the piece Chico composed for her. She is moved to tears when she learns Chico renamed the song. In New York, Rita goes into a bar and sees Chico playing "Lily". She waits for him outside the bar and demands to know who Lilly is. He teases her about the mystery female's identity, but finally reveals that he renamed the song after a dog. The two passionately kiss and make up. A paparazzo captures the kiss in a photograph that appears in the newspapers. Chico and Rita agree to marry that New Year’s Eve, after Rita’s debut in Las Vegas. Chico tells Ramón, who worries that their reunion will ruin his business. Ramón slips a packet of drugs into Chico’s coat, which police discover during a search after a raid on his gig at the Palladium in New York. They arrest Chico, and won't let him make a phone call to Rita, who waits in vain in a Las Vegas motel. Chico is soon deported back to Cuba. Upset, Rita becomes drunk before her New Year's Eve performance, believing that Chico left her again. Despite Ron's urging to not "spoil it all now", Rita deliberately sabotages her career by denouncing the racism of the Hollywood industry and the hypocrisy of being a celebrated black artist. Meanwhile, Chico enters Cuba right at the beginning of Castro's regime, and the new Cuban revolutionary authorities seize his passport. All venues are now forbidden to play jazz because it is "capitalist music." Disappointed with life, Chico gives up music altogether. Sixty years later, when Chico is shining shoes for a tourist, a young man rushes to him and tells him that a famous young singer and her entourage are eagerly asking for him and his jazz music. He reluctantly agrees to meet them and for the first time in years he plays his music for an audience. The singer asks him to record a song with her and Chico agrees. It becomes a big hit and takes him on a world tour, giving him success for the second time. After the tour, Chico is allowed re-entry into the United States. He searches for Rita, starting in New York. He eventually finds Ron in a nursing home and discovers that his friend Ramón has died and learns Rita is in Las Vegas. He goes there and knocks on her door and she reveals that she has stayed for 47 years in the same motel room, working as the motel's housekeeper and waiting for him. The film ends with their reunion.
The Dancer and the Thief, 2h7
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Romantic comedy
Actors Ricardo Darín, Miranda Bodenhöfer, Ariadna Gil, Catalina Saavedra, Catalina Guerra, Mariana Loyola
Rating62% 3.1476853.1476853.1476853.1476853.147685
With the arrival of democracy in Chile following the 1988 national plebiscite, the president of Chile declares a general amnesty for all prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes.
The Shanghai Spell
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Genres Drama
Actors Fernando Fernán Gómez, Aida Folch, Ariadna Gil, Eduard Fernández, Antonio Resines, Rosa Maria Sardà
Rating58% 2.9047752.9047752.9047752.9047752.904775
The film is set in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, in the wake of the Spanish Civil War. Fourteen-year-old Dani (Fernando Tielve) is a budding artist, who looks after Captain Blay (Fernando Fernán Gómez), an ageing civil war veteran. Blay suggests Dani draw local girl Susana (Aida Folch) as the subject of a poster warning of the dangers of factory smoke causing consumption. Dani and Susana begin a tentative romance, as they hear stories of Susana's father's exploits as a secret agent in the Chinese city of Shanghai from one of his wartime colleagues.
The Girl of Your Dreams, 2h1
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Political films
Actors Penélope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Jorge Sanz, Rosa Maria Sardà, Santiago Segura, Loles León
Rating68% 3.4484953.4484953.4484953.4484953.448495
Une troupe d'acteurs espagnols vient en Allemagne pour un tournage organisé dans le cadre d'une collaboration entre franquistes et nazis. Mais le Dr Goebbels tombe amoureux de l'actrice principale, ce qui va changer les conditions du tournage.
Two Much
Two Much (1995)
, 1h53
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Origin Espagne
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Danny Aiello, Joan Cusack, Eli Wallach
Rating54% 2.701992.701992.701992.701992.70199
Art Dodge (Antonio Banderas), a former artist, is struggling to make ends meet with his art gallery, ignoring bills and delaying to pay his assistant Gloria (Joan Cusack) and his artist Manny (Gabino Diego). To survive, he is reading the obituaries and trying to convince the widows that the deceased purchased a painting shortly before dying.
Belle Époque, 1h48
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Jorge Sanz, Penélope Cruz, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Michel Galabru, Ariadna Gil, Miriam Díaz-Aroca
Rating71% 3.5983353.5983353.5983353.5983353.598335
The year is 1931. Spain is politically divided between Republicans and Traditionalists and on the verge of the Spanish Second Republic. Fernando, a young soldier, deserts. He befriends Manolo (Fernando Fernán Gómez), an old man with a large house in the country. Fernando meets and is enchanted by Manolo's four daughters. As he meets each of the first three one by one, he falls in love and has sex with each of them, determining to marry but with each one a complication arises: Clara (Miriam Díaz-Aroca), a widow who only recently lost her husband and who seeks solace with Fernando; Violeta (Ariadna Gil), a lesbian who is only attracted to Fernando when he is dressed as a woman for a costume ball and Rocío (Maribel Verdú), a social climber who is about to marry into a royalist family for the security it would provide and who only momentarily succumbs to Fernando's charms. Heartbroken each time, the father of the girls encourages him to have patience. Each of the daughters is beautiful and represents a different aspect of feminine sexuality. The youngest of the family, Luz (Penélope Cruz), represents naïveté. While Fernando is pursuing her sisters, Luz gets progressively angry and jealous but eventually Fernando realizes that she is the best one of the four to marry.
Twisted Obsession, 1h41
Directed by Radu Mihaileanu, Fernando Trueba, Marc-Henri Dufresne
Origin Espagne
Genres Thriller, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Jeff Goldblum, Miranda Richardson, Anémone, Daniel Ceccaldi, Dexter Fletcher, Liza Walker
Rating58% 2.9038252.9038252.9038252.9038252.903825
Dan Gillis, un scénariste américain récemment installé à Paris, est engagé par le producteur de cinéma Julien Legrand pour écrire un script pour un film peu conventionnel mis en scène par Malcolm Greene, jeune réalisateur inconnu. Gillis, intrigué par la personnalité de Greene, accepte malgré les objections de Marilyn, son agent. Gillis rencontre Jenny, la sœur cadette de Malcolm qui entretient des relations incestueuses avec lui, et devient obsédé par cette jeune femme manipulatrice. Quand Jenny disparaît, Gillis cherche à découvrir ce qui s'est passé.
Year of Enlightment, 1h43
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Genres Drama, War
Actors Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdú, Manuel Alexandre, Chus Lampreave, Verónica Forqué, Rafaela Aparicio
Rating69% 3.4873653.4873653.4873653.4873653.487365
In the spring of 1940 in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil war, two sons of a fallen soldier, Manolo, a sixteen-year-old boy, and his eight-year-old little brother Jesús are suffering from symptoms of tuberculosis. Their much older brother, Pepe, takes them to a rural sanatorium in Sierra de Gata near the border with Portugal. They are placed there to recover their health under the watch of Irene, the director.

Scriptwriter

La Reine d'Espagne, 2h8
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Penélope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Neus Asensi, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Javier Cámara
Roles Writer
Rating51% 2.557482.557482.557482.557482.55748
Dans les années 1950, en plein franquisme, la superstar internationale Macarena Granada retourne en Espagne, son pays natal, pour incarner Isabelle la Catholique dans un film biographique à grand budget. Quand il apprend son retour, Blas Fontiveros, un réalisateur qui l'a fait tourner dans une comédie musicale en 1938, retourne également à Madrid pour la revoir. Mais son arrivée déclenche une série d'événements inattendus qui perturbent le tournage du biopic surveillé par les hommes de Francisco Franco...
The Artist and the Model, 1h44
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Sculpture
Actors Jean Rochefort, Claudia Cardinale, Götz Otto, Aida Folch, Chus Lampreave, Christian Sinniger
Rating66% 3.345893.345893.345893.345893.34589
In the summer of 1943 in the occupied France, a famous sculptor, tired of life, finds a desire to return to work with the arrival of a young Spanish woman who has escaped from a refugee camp and becomes his muse.
Chico and Rita, 1h34
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Musical, Animation, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Jazz films, Musical films
Actors Peter Appel, Jay Benedict
Roles Writer
Rating71% 3.5973153.5973153.5973153.5973153.597315
In present-day Havana, Chico, a shoe-shiner, tunes his radio to the Radio Progreso station, which is playing old Cuban hits on a program called Melodies from Yesterday. As he listens, the station begins to play a romantic arrangement of A Taste of Me (Sabor a Mí) by Mexican composer Álvaro Carrillo (1921–69) which causes him to remember his life back in 1940s Cuba. In 1948 Havana, Chico and his best friend Ramón are struggling dandies in a low-life bar. Ramon arranges a double date for the both of them with two American tourists. They take the women to a bar where Chico falls in love with the band's beautiful lead singer, Rita. Chico attempts to talk to her, but an American tourist refuses to let Rita leave him. Chico and Ramón go to the Tropicana Club with their lady-friends, and sneak in through the performer’s entrance. While walking around, Chico sees upon Rita and her gentleman friend arguing. The Maitre d' overhears that Chico is an accomplished pianist and persuades him to substitute for the main event's missing pianist. Chico fills in, playing at first sight a new piece—Ebony Concerto by Igor Stravinsky. Chico, initially nervous, ends up performing the piece with aplomb, to the delight of the band. Rita finally agrees to ditch her date and flee with Chico on Ramón’s motorcycle and sidecar, along with the Americans. After a dangerous chase, the American man finally crashes into a car dealership, and the others escape. Rita and Chico leave the rest of the party and go to a bar where Chico introduces her to bebop music, which she takes up quickly. Afterwards they go to Chico’s place and spend the rest of the night together. The next day Rita wakes up to find Chico playing a new composition on the piano, which he names "Rita". As they play and kiss, Juana, Chico’s former girlfriend, walks in and picks a fight with Rita. The two women angrily leave Chico, feeling betrayed. However, Chico is still smitten with Rita and begs Ramon to convince her to perform with him for an upcoming radio contest. Ramon pays Rita to sing with Chico but after the contest, Rita leaves Chico without speaking to him. He follows her to the house of a santera, who predicts that Chico will cause her much suffering. That night, the station announces that Chico and Rita have won a month's engagement at the Hotel Nacional. A few weeks later, Chico and Rita are having great success in their performances. Rita’s beauty mesmerizes all the men, which ignites Chico’s jealousy. One of the admirers, Ron, asks Rita to his table to discuss business. He offers to take Rita to New York City to make her a star, where jazz and Latin music are a burgeoning scene. However, Rita insists that the offer must include Chico. Meanwhile, Chico has been watching from a distance and becomes jealous, believing Rita wishes to leave him for Ron. Rita attempts to explain that she is fighting for both of them to go to New York together, but Chico storms off. Rita goes to his apartment and waits for Chico, but falls asleep in the courtyard. She is awakened by Chico stumbling home with Juana. Hurt, Rita agrees to go to New York with Ron, alone. After her departure, Chico becomes depressed and he and Ramon eventually secure the means to go to New York to seek their fortunes as well. Chico and Ramón give Chano Pozo a letter of recommendation they received from his sister in Cuba. Chano is receptive and excited to meet fellow Cubans. However, he is involved in drugs and has a short temper. After discovering he was sold oregano instead of marijuana, Chano attacks the dealer, who later finds him in a bar and kills him. Chico finds work as a party musician, and Ramón as an usher at the Plaza Hotel. At one of his party gigs, Chico runs into a successful Rita again, who is hurt by the racist doubts of her fellow party goers about her upcoming film project. Chico and Rita run away in her new car and spend the night together again. The next day, Ron locates Ramón and proposes a deal to finance his artist-agency business, as long as Ramon finds jobs to keep Chico away from Rita. Ramón complies with his end of the bargain and signs Chico with Dizzy Gillespie, who gives him a gig in Paris and a European tour. Rita becomes a big film star while Chico finds a new girlfriend in Paris. One morning, while playing "Rita" at the piano, the girlfriend's dog, Lily, comes in and sits by Chico. He decides to change the name of the song to "Lily". Back in New York, despite her wealth and success, Rita is still mistreated socially due to her skin color. While being driven to a set, the radio plays a new Jazz hit that she instantly recognizes as the piece Chico composed for her. She is moved to tears when she learns Chico renamed the song. In New York, Rita goes into a bar and sees Chico playing "Lily". She waits for him outside the bar and demands to know who Lilly is. He teases her about the mystery female's identity, but finally reveals that he renamed the song after a dog. The two passionately kiss and make up. A paparazzo captures the kiss in a photograph that appears in the newspapers. Chico and Rita agree to marry that New Year’s Eve, after Rita’s debut in Las Vegas. Chico tells Ramón, who worries that their reunion will ruin his business. Ramón slips a packet of drugs into Chico’s coat, which police discover during a search after a raid on his gig at the Palladium in New York. They arrest Chico, and won't let him make a phone call to Rita, who waits in vain in a Las Vegas motel. Chico is soon deported back to Cuba. Upset, Rita becomes drunk before her New Year's Eve performance, believing that Chico left her again. Despite Ron's urging to not "spoil it all now", Rita deliberately sabotages her career by denouncing the racism of the Hollywood industry and the hypocrisy of being a celebrated black artist. Meanwhile, Chico enters Cuba right at the beginning of Castro's regime, and the new Cuban revolutionary authorities seize his passport. All venues are now forbidden to play jazz because it is "capitalist music." Disappointed with life, Chico gives up music altogether. Sixty years later, when Chico is shining shoes for a tourist, a young man rushes to him and tells him that a famous young singer and her entourage are eagerly asking for him and his jazz music. He reluctantly agrees to meet them and for the first time in years he plays his music for an audience. The singer asks him to record a song with her and Chico agrees. It becomes a big hit and takes him on a world tour, giving him success for the second time. After the tour, Chico is allowed re-entry into the United States. He searches for Rita, starting in New York. He eventually finds Ron in a nursing home and discovers that his friend Ramón has died and learns Rita is in Las Vegas. He goes there and knocks on her door and she reveals that she has stayed for 47 years in the same motel room, working as the motel's housekeeper and waiting for him. The film ends with their reunion.