Birth name Alejandro de la Iglesia Mendoza''' NationalityEspagne Birth 4 december 1965 (58 years) at Bilbao (Espagne)
Alejandro "Álex" de la Iglesia Mendoza (born December 4, 1965) is a Spanish film director, screenwriter, film producer and former comic book artist.
Most of De La Iglesia's films have reached cult status due to their weird sense of humour.
Álex de la Iglesia was born in Bilbao, Spain, in 1965. He is a philosophy graduate of the University of Deusto who ended up working in the comic book field at a young age. He had a brief stint in television before finding work as production designer on Pablo Berger's Mamá. This little seen short film focuses on a family forced to live in a basement after a nuclear war and features a little boy who wears a Batman costume.
Enrique Urbizu came calling for his production designer services in 1991 for Todo por la pasta (Anything for money), a Basque crime thriller which was nominated for 4 Goya Awards, and won 1 (best supporting actress). A good film to get De La Iglesia noticed.
He then met José Guerricaechevarria and together they made the short film, Mirindas Asesinas (1991), in which a boring man, whose mind is gradually degenerating, is on the verge of becoming a psychotic killer. The two men became fast friends and have worked together ever since, with José writing the screenplays to many of De La Iglesia's films.
In 1993 De La Iglesia received a big break when Spain's most famous director, Pedro Almodóvar, produced his debut feature Accion mutante (Mutant Action). This tale of a group of crippled and handicapped outcasts in the future taking arms against handsome oppressors, became an independent success globally. It also received two prizes at the Montreal Fantasia Festival, and three Goya's.
The next step he took was El día de la Bestia (The Day Of The Beast) (1995). It won 6 Goya's, the Best Director award amongst them. It also marked his first collaboration with producer Andrés Vicente Gómez.
Wanting to build on the success of The Day Of The Beast, Gómez hired Iglesia to direct Perdita Durango based on novelist Barry Gifford's 59 Degrees and Raining; The Story of Perdita Durango. Barry Gifford helped out on the script also. Isabella Rossellini played Perdita Durango in David Lynch's Wild At Heart, also based on a Gifford work.
The film was in English, but did not prove as great a success as hoped; for some it felt too post-Tarantino. The film was also more nasty in its violence, and its confrontational style (though laced with typically dark humour), resulted in cuts and running times around the globe varying from 95 minutes in South Korea to 126 minutes in Spain. It was rumoured Bigas Luna was originally offered the directors chair for the film.
Back in Spain, in 1999 de la Iglesia had success with Dying of Laughter a dark comedy about a Martin & Lewis style comic duo with no love for each other, nominated for 3 Goya's, winning 2. La Comunidad (2000), a dark comedy/thriller set in an apartment block with a money scamble, got 15 Goya nominations, won 3. 800 Bullets (2002), a homage to spaghetti westerns, got 4 Goya nominations, 1 win. And Crimen ferpecto (2004), a dark comedy thriller with a man aspiring to perfection, winning 6 Goya prizes as a result. All these films have the recipe of dark humour, selfish aspirational characters, and very sexy situations.
De la Iglesia himself also provided the voice of The Underminer in the Spanish language dubbing of The Incredibles (2004).
In 2006 he directed an episode of the TV series Películas para no dormir (Films To Keep You Awake) titled The Baby's Room.
In 2008, de la Iglesa directed the science-fiction comedy TV series Plutón B.R.B. Nero.
He has directed Elijah Wood and John Hurt in The Oxford Murders, which is his second movie in English, released in Spain in January 2008.
OriginCanada GenresDocumentary ThemesDocumentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry ActorsJohn Carpenter, Eli Roth, Alexandre Aja, Rodrigo Gudiño, Simon Barrett, George A. Romero Roles Self Rating61% The documentary follows horror movie fan and journalist Tal Zimerman as he tries to look at the reasons why people enjoy the horror genre. The genre is globally popular and is present in a wide variety of formats such as films, books, music, graphic novels, artwork, and video games, yet reactions to it can sometimes be polarized and in some instances Tal feels that the genre's fans are misunderstood. At the same time, Tal is conflicted over how he can be "disturbed by gruesome imagery showcased in the news, but thrives on blood and guts found in movies, books, music, graphic novels and video games" and as such sets out to try to find how horror affects his mind. For his research Tal interviews several different people, from genre filmmakers and writers to scientists and psychologists, to uncover why people enjoy horror and how perception, traditions, and beliefs help impact how horror is perceived and displayed in various countries and globally as a whole.
, 1h40 Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia OriginEspagne GenresDrama, Comedy, Musical ActorsMario Casas, Blanca Suárez, Santiago Segura, Hugo Silva, Carolina Bang, Carlos Areces Rating60% José (Pepón Nieto) has been sent by the employment agency as an extra for the tapings of a New Year's Eve television special (four months in advance) in an industrial pavilion just outside Madrid. Hundreds of people like him have been locked in there for weeks, applauding for musical performances they don't actually see and celebrating the false arrival of the new year. As he's starting to fall for his dinner companion Paloma (Blanca Suárez), he doesn't know two major clashes of egos are unfolding backstage.
, 1h33 Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia GenresDocumentary ThemesSports films, Documentary films about sports, Association football films Rating72% Ses professeurs, entraîneurs, amis d’enfance et coéquipiers du Barça, ainsi que des journalistes, des écrivains et des personnalités de l’histoire du football, se réunissent dans un restaurant pour analyser et distinguer la personnalité de Messi, sur et en dehors du terrain, et pour faire le point des moments les plus significatifs de sa vie. Considéré sous l’angle unique d’Alex de la Iglesia, Messi reconstitue l’enfance et l’adolescence du joueur, et ce, dès ses tout premiers pas, avec un ballon toujours à ses pieds, jusqu’à la décision de quitter Rosario pour Barcelone, la séparation de sa famille et la rôle joué dans sa carrière par des personnalités telles que Ronaldinho, Rijkaard, Rexach et Guardiola.
, 1h35 Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia OriginEspagne GenresDrama, Comedy ThemesFilms about the labor movement, La précarité ActorsSalma Hayek, José Mota, Juan Luis Galiardo, Blanca Portillo, Carolina Bang, Javier Botet Rating60% Roberto Gómez, a former advertising executive, has been unemployed for several years. Though he is happily married, he is depressed and feels as if he has failed his family. His wife, Luisa, attempts to cheer him up as he leaves for an interview with a former business partner and friend, Javier Gándara. When Roberto arrives, his former co-workers are distant and cold. Gándara tells him that there are no positions available, and Roberto leaves dejected. Remembering that his wife wants to vacation at the hotel where they spent their honeymoon, he impulsively drives off to visit it, only to find that it is now the site of a museum and important archeological dig. As Roberto wanders about the site during an important press event, he panics when he sees security guard Claudio and falls a great distance.
, 1h17 Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia OriginEspagne GenresDrama, Thriller, Horror ActorsLeonor Watling, Sancho Gracia, María Asquerino, F. Javier Gutiérrez, Terele Pávez, Asunción Balaguer Rating67% Fraîchement emménagés dans une vieille bâtisse en cours de rénovation, située au cœur d'un quartier bourgeois de Barcelone, Juan (F. Javier Gutiérrez), journaliste sportif, Sonia (Leonor Watling) et leur bébé comptent bien y couler une vie de famille heureuse. Avant de se coucher, l'homme vérifie le moniteur dans la chambre de l'enfant, un modèle dernier cri qui permet d'écouter quand le petit dort, mais aussi de le voir... Ce couple va alors découvrir qu'il n'est pas seul dans cette maison, quelqu'un est assis tous les soirs près du berceau du bébé.
, 1h45 Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia OriginEspagne GenresThriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy thriller, Crime ActorsGuillermo Toledo, Fernando Tejero, Luis Varela, Kira Miró, Montse Mostaza, Álex Gadea Rating70% Rafael is a women's clothing clerk at a large Madrid department store, Yeyo's. His department is filled with beautiful, comely young women whom Rafael routinely seduces. When Rafael vies for a management position with Don Antonio, a men's clothing clerk whom Rafael despises, a fluke causes Don Antonio to win the promotion. He fires Rafael and a fight ensues in which Rafael accidentally kills Don Antonio. Lourdes, an ugly and unassuming clerk at the store, witnesses the outcome of the fight, helps Rafael incinerate the body, and provides an alibi for the police. Rafael wins his coveted promotion, but at a terrible cost: Lourdes blackmails Rafael into an unwanted relationship. He is forced to fire his many former lovers, to marry Lourdes (she proposes on a live reality TV show) and to support clown-like women's clothing of her design. Rafael becomes so depressed he begins to hallucinate, seeing the ghost of Don Antonio who suggests Rafael should kill Lourdes. As the police are also pressing him again, he causes a fire in the department store and fakes his death, in front of his wife and a police officer. Five years later, he (with a false identity) has a small business selling ties and socks, but Lourdes' clown-like clothes are a success and she becomes a millionaire.
, 2h4 Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia OriginEspagne GenresComedy, Action, Western ActorsSancho Gracia, Carmen Maura, Luciano Federico, Terele Pávez, Ane Gabarain Rating62% Julián Torralba is a former film stuntman in Almeria, Spain. He and several of his colleagues, who once made a living in American Westerns shot in Spain, now are reduced to doing stunt shows for minuscule audiences on the decaying set built for those old Westerns. Julián wrestles with dark memories of the death of his son, also a stuntman, and with estrangement from his daughter-in-law Laura and her son Carlos. Carlos, a young boy, becomes intrigued with his late father's life and runs away to join Julián and his band of has-beens. There Carlos is initiated into the rambunctious life of these hard-drinking faux cowboys. But when Laura, a powerful executive looking for a new site for a tourist resort, learns that Carlos has joined the hated Julián, she moves to destroy even this remnant of Julián's once-proud career. Julián and the cowboys decide to fight back the only way they know how.