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Also Known As: Alejandro Amenabar, Alejandro Fernando Amenbar Cantos Died:
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Birth Place: Chile Profession: director, composer, screenwriter

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With only a pair of thrillers under his belt, Chilean-born filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar (he and his family fled the dictator Pinochet in 1973 and settled in Spain) was already considered a wunderkind in Spain when he successfully crossed over to English-language films with the subtle and atmospheric horror film, "The Others" (2001). As part of an invasion of Latin filmmakers-which includes Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alfonso Cuaron, and Walter Salles-Amenabar has added to an impressive array of foreign films that were some of the best in the world. Though he has only a handful of films under his belt-all rely on thought-provoking suspense and surprising twists-Amenabar has emerged as the obvious heir to the master, Alfred Hitchcock.

With only a pair of thrillers under his belt, Chilean-born filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar (he and his family fled the dictator Pinochet in 1973 and settled in Spain) was already considered a wunderkind in Spain when he successfully crossed over to English-language films with the subtle and atmospheric horror film, "The Others" (2001). As part of an invasion of Latin filmmakers-which includes Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alfonso Cuaron, and Walter Salles-Amenabar has added to an impressive array of foreign films that were some of the best in the world. Though he has only a handful of films under his belt-all rely on thought-provoking suspense and surprising twists-Amenabar has emerged as the obvious heir to the master, Alfred Hitchcock.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Regression (2015)
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  Agora (2009)
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  Sea Inside, The (2004) Director
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  The Others (2001) Director
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  Open Your Eyes (1998) Director
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  Thesis (1996) Director

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1973:
Family fled military dictatorship of Pinochet in Chile; settled in Madrid, Spain
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As a child, began composing music on guitar to accompany short stories he had written
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At age 10, began studying piano
1991:
Made first short film, the thriller "Himenoptero"
1995:
Wrote and directed the short thriller "Luna"; first collaboration with actor Eduardo Noreiga
1996:
Co-wrote (with Mateo Gil), directed and composed the score for debut feature "Tesis/Thesis", starring Ana Torrent and Eduardo Noriega; film produced by Jose Luis Cuerda
1997:
Directed, co-wrote (with Gil) and composed the score for the fantasy thriller "Abre los Ojos/Open Your Eyes"; screened at the World Cinema section of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival; Noriega starred as a man left disfigured after an accident; Penelope Cruz co-starred
1998:
Penned the music for Mateo Gil's short thriller "Allanamiento de morada"; Noriega co-starred
1999:
Composed the the scores for the acclaimed film "Butterfly/La Lengua de las mariposas", directed by Jose Luis Cuerda, and for "Nadie conoce a nadie/Nobody Knows Anything", directed by Mateo Gil and starring Eduardo Noriega
2001:
English-language directorial debut, "The Others", starring Nicole Kidman and executive produced by Tom Cruise; also wrote the screenplay and composed the score
2004:
Wrote and directed the film "The Sea Inside" based on the real life story of spaniard Ramon Sampedro who fought a 30 year campaign in favor of Euthanasia and his own right to die
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Notes

"I'm not really terrified by the possibility of seeing a ghost. It is human beings-and the things they're capable of-that really scare me." --Alejandro Amenabar quoted in Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2001.

"Alejandro has got a lot of depth, he's very smart and he has integrity in the way Stanley (Kubrick) had integrity. It's unusual, too, for a director to have such storng belief in his actors. It would have been so easy to fill ['The Others'] with special effects." --actress Nicole Kidman quoted by Anthony Breznican of the Associated Press, August 8, 2001.

"Eventually I'd love to free myself from surprise endings. Hitchcock didn't like them. He avoided them as much as he could. But I can't seem to shake them off. A big discovery at the end of the picture helps me guide my protagonist to the culmination of the journey, to the lesson that's waiting to be learned." --Amenabar to Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2001.

"For me, the hardest part of the process is writing and composing. Directing is just suffering too much work every day, but it doesn't really demand a creative point of view. When I write, I'm thinking of the music. Sometimes, I even compose previous to the shooting of the film. That really helps me have a whole vision of the story, a whole technical concept." --Amenabar quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, August 7-13, 2001.

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