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Álex de la Iglesia

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Date of Birth:
4 December 1965Bilbao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain

Birth Name:
Alejandro de la Iglesia Mendoza

Nickname:
Alex

Short Biography:
A cult director, his work is reminiscent in tone and style to that of Guillermo del Toro. At one point, scheduled to shoot the Doom (based on the video game) movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it fell through. His films have a kind of comic edge to them that is very similar to the early films of Peter Jackson. Unlike Jackson or Del Toro, though, his work has not yet reached a large enough audience here in the US. Day of the Beast (The Day of the Beast (1995)) and Acción mutante (1993) have their own very strong but small followings, and Dance With the Devil (Dance with the Devil (1997)) will go down in history as probably the weirdest Javier Bardem film ever made (it was released in the US only a few years before Before Night Falls (2000)).

Belongs to the "unofficial" new generation of Hispanic filmmakers which includes Guillermo del Toro (Mexican), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexican), Alfonso Cuarón (Mexican) and Robert Rodriguez (American).

Errementari (2017)

# 15001 IMDb TV-MA 

Errementari (2017)

(Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil)

TaglineNot all tales always have a happy ending

By Paul Urkijo Alijo

Fantasy, Horror (1h 38min)

Spain Spain, France France

Rated 6.4 after 933 votes on 16-Oct-18.

3 wins

Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil is a re-telling of an ancient fable about a Blacksmith who finds himself battling the Devil. In this story the Blacksmith has captured the Devil and lives a life of hermit-like seclusion away from the prying eyes of the townsfolk. All is going well until a desperate little girl, Usue, accidentally stumbles across the devil and unknowingly releases him. It (...)

Musarañas (2014)

# 12315 IMDb

Musarañas (2014)

(Shrew's Nest)

By Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel

Drama, Horror, Thriller (1h 35min)

Spain Spain, France France

Rated 6.7 after 5,013 votes on 30-Sep-18.

5 wins & 4 nominations

Spain, 1950s. Montse's agoraphobia keeps her locked in a sinister apartment in Madrid and her only link to reality is the little sister she lost her youth raising. But one day, a reckless young neighbor, Carlos, falls down the stairwell and drags himself to their door. Someone has entered the shrew's nest... perhaps he'll never leave.

La chispa de la vida (2011)

# 10642 IMDb

La chispa de la vida (2011)

(As Luck Would Have It)

By Álex de la Iglesia (as Alex de la Iglesia)

Drama (1h 35min)

Spain Spain, France France, USA USA

Rated 6.1 after 2,289 votes on 08-Oct-18.

3 nominations

An out-of-work publicist who suffers an accident looks to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder in an attempt to provide for his family.

Balada triste de trompeta (2010)

# 10225 IMDb

Balada triste de trompeta (2010)

(The Last Circus)

By Álex de la Iglesia

Action, Comedy, Drama, War (1h 47min)

Spain Spain, France France

Rated 6.5 after 10,138 votes on 15-May-16.

8 wins & 19 nominations

1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A "Happy" circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of (...)

The Oxford Murders (2008)

# 04566 IMDb

The Oxford Murders (2008)

By Álex de la Iglesia (as Alex de la Iglesia)

Crime, Thriller (1h 47min)

Spain Spain, France France

Rated 6.1 after 25,165 votes on 24-Aug-18.

5 wins & 5 nominations

At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try and stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols.

Crimen ferpecto (2004)

# 00454 IMDb

Crimen ferpecto (2004)

(Ferpect Crime)

By Álex de la Iglesia

Comedy, Crime (1h 45min)

Spain Spain, Italy Italy

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 10,122 votes on 01-Aug-18.

2 wins & 13 nominations

Rafael is the best salesman in the biggest department store of Madrid. He is a fascinating man; all his colleagues fell in love for him. He tries to live high-standard life. He is definitively ambitious and aspires to be the new head of sales at his floor. But he has to beat Don Antonio the best salesman in the man wearing sector. Competition gets harder and harder, till Rafael kills Don Antonio! (...)

La comunidad (2000)

# 00443 IMDb

La comunidad (2000)

(Common Wealth)

TaglineUna agente inmobiliaria con suerte... Un cadáver descompuesto... Una comunidad de vecinos codiciosos... 300 millones escondidos debajo de una baldosa... Algo huele a podrido en esta casa.

By Álex de la Iglesia

Comedy, Thriller, Crime (1h 50min)

Spain Spain

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 9,497 votes on 05-Oct-18.

20 wins & 17 nominations

Julia (Carmen Maura), una mujer de unos cuarenta años que trabaja como vendedora de pisos para una agencia inmobiliaria, encuentra 300 millones de pesetas escondidos en el apartamento de un muerto y no le queda más remedio que enfrentare a la ira de los miembros de una comunidad de vecinos muy particular, encabezada por un administrador sin escrúpulos. El humor negro deja paso al suspense, (...)

Perdita Durango (1997)

# 01693 IMDb

Perdita Durango (1997)

By Álex de la Iglesia

Action, Crime, Romance, Drama (2h 06min)

Mexico Mexico, USA USA, Spain Spain

Rated 6.3 after 7,172 votes on 21-Oct-18.

6 wins & 5 nominations

Perdita Durango meets Romeo Dolorosa, a criminal who is some sort of priest of a satanic cult and keeps crossing the Mexican-US border safely. He's asked to do a job for crime boss Santos, involving the traffic of human foetuses for the cosmetic industry. Meanwhile, he needs to make a sacrifice to please his gods and a young American couple comes in his and Perdita's way. They are being followed (...)

El día de la bestia (1995)

# 01602 IMDb

El día de la bestia (1995)

TaglineA devilishly dark horror comedy from the director of ACCION MUTANTE

By Álex de la Iglesia

Comedy, Horror, Thriller (1h 43min)

Spain Spain, Italy Italy

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 15,084 votes on 09-Oct-18.

15 wins & 11 nominations

A basque priest finds by means of a cabalistic study of the bible that the anti-christ is going to be born on Christmas day in Madrid. Helped by a heavy-metal fan and by the showman of a TV esoteric program, he will try to invoke the devil to find out the place of birth and kill the baby.

Acción mutante (1993)

# 14773 IMDb

Acción mutante (1993)

By Álex de la Iglesia

Comedy, Sci-Fi (1h 30min)

Spain Spain, France France

Rated 6.5 after 4,308 votes on 05-Oct-18.

3 wins & 5 nominations

In a future world ruled by good-looking people, a terrorist group of mutants led by Ramon Yarritu kidnap the daughter of Orujo, a rich businessman, to claim for the rights of the ugly people. Escaping from the police in their spaceship, Ramon try to kill his gang in order to get all the ransom. The trip ends abruptly when they crash in Axturiax, the planet of the crazy miners where no woman lives.

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