Marcela, a young woman with financial troubles, finds a summer job looking after Amador, a bedridden elderly man whose family is away. She thinks her problems are solved, but Amador dies shortly thereafter, putting Marcela in a predicament. His death leaves her jobless, something she can’t afford to let happen…
Faced with a difficult moral dilemma, Marcela will prove that death can’t always stop life.
FERNANDO LEÓN DE ARANOA (Madrid, 1968)
Screenwriter and film director, holds a bachelor's degree in Image Sciences from the Universidad de Complutense in Madrid.
Wrote and directed BUENAS NOCHES, OUMA (2007), a short film included in the feature-length documentary INVISIBLES, eleased at the Berlin International Film Festival and winner of the Goya for Best Documentary Film at the Spanish Academy Awards.
Wrote, directed and produced PRINCESAS (2005), winner of three Goya Awards, the Ondas Award for Film Event of the Year and the Protagonistas Award, among others.
Wrote and directed LOS LUNES AL SOL (2002), winner of three Goya Awards, including Best Film and Best Director; the Concha de Oro for Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival and also the Fipresci, Fotogramas, Ondas, Jose María Forqué and Luis Buñuel awards and the Ariel Award from the Mexican Academy for Best Latin American Film, among others.
Wrote and directed CAMINANTES (2001), which won the Best Documentary Award at the Havana Motion Picture Festival, as well as at the Los Angeles and New York Latino Film awards.
Wrote and directed BARRIO (1998), which won three Goya Awards, for Best Direction and Best Screenplay among others, as well as the Concha de Oro for Best Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and also at the Fipresci, Fotogramas, José María Forqué, Sant Jordi and Turia awards, among others.
Wrote and directed FAMILIA (1996), his first film, for which he won the Goya Award for Best New Director and also Best Director, the Fipresci Award and the Audience Favorite Award at the Valladolid Film Festival. Also won the Best Film Award at the Houston, Miami and Angers festivals.
Before that he wrote and directed SIRENAS (1994)his only short film.
Collaborated as screenwriter on LA ESPALDA DEL MUNDO (1997) and also on the production of IZBIEGLIZJE (1994), filmed during the last few months of the war in Bosnia Herzegovina.
As a fiction screenwriter he has scripted feature-length films such as FAUSTO 5.0, INSOMNIO or CORAZON LOCO, among others. He has also scripted television programs such as UN, DOS, TRES by Ibáñez Serrador, MARTES y 13 and television series such as TURNO DE OFICIO.
As an author of short stories, he has won the 2006 Camilo José Cela Award for the short story LOS TRENES NEGROS. Before that he won his second Antonio Machado Award for the story MENSAJES and two years later was a runner-up for the same award, with LAPICEROS.
As a teacher at screenwriting and direction workshops, he regularly collaborates with the Screenwriters & Directors Lab of the Sundance Institute, in Utah, and also with the International School of Film in San Antonio de los Baños, in Cuba.
In 2004 he founded his own production company, REPOSADO.
Magaly as Marcela
2009“Altiplano” directed by Peter Brosens
and Jessica Woodworth
2009“La teta asustada” directed by Claudia Llosa
2006“Madeinusa” directed by Claudia Llosa
Celso as Amador
2008“Cenizas del cielo” directed by José Antonio Quirós
2007“Pudor” directed by David and Tristán Ulloa
2007“Los Totenwackers” directed by Ibón Cormenzana
2006“Los sultanes del Sur” directed by Alejandro Lozano
2006“La noche de los girasoles” directed by
2006“Salvador (Puig Antich)” directed by Manuel Huerga
2005“Para que no me olvides” directed by
2004“Mar Adentro” directed by Alejandro Amenabar
2002“Los Lunes al sol” directed by
Fernando León de Aranoa
THEATER: As director
“Preludio al Teatro”
“El daño que hace el tabaco”
2001“Terra de Miranda” (TVG)
2001“Galicia Express” (TVG)
2000“Rias Baixas” (TVG)
1998“Mareas Vivas” (TVG)
Among other awards won the Goya for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for his role in “Mar Adentro”.
Pietro as Nelson
2008“Pasajeros” directed by Andrés Cotler
2007“La gran sangre” directed by Jorge Carmona
2006“La prueba” directed by Judith Vélez
2005“Ruta del Jaca” directed by Kristinn Kristinsson
2004“Días de Santiago” directed by Josué Méndez
2003“Ojos que no ven” directed by Francisco J. Lombardi
2008“Los del barrio”
2008“Calle en llamas”
2007“La gran sangre”
2005“Lobos de mar”
Sonia as Yolanda
2007“La soledad” directed by Jaime Rosales
2004“Muertos comunes” directed by Norberto Ramos
2001“Sagitario” directed by Vicente Molina Foix
2000“Las razones de mis amigos” directed by
2000“Soirée” directed by Aitor Gaizka
2000“Torre” directed by Oskar Santos
2009“El enigma Giacomo”
2008“Cuentame” (1 episode)
2008“Sin tetas no hay paraíso” (4 episodes)
2008“Fago” (3 episodes)
2007“R.I.S científica” (1 episode)
2006“Génesis, en la mente del asesino” (22 episodes)
2005“El pasado es mañana” (7 episodes)
Fanny as Puri.
2008“Los girasoles ciegos” directed by José Luis Cuerda
2007“Clandestinos” directed by Antonio Hens
2007“Déjate caer” directed by Jesús Ponce
2006“Volver” directed by Pedro Almodóvar
2005“Camarón” directed by Jaime Chávarri
2008“Fuera de lugar” (1 episode)
2008“El síndrome de Ulises” (1 episode)
2007“Desaparecida” (1 episode)
2005“Los hombres de Paco” (8 episodes)
2004“Aquí no hay quien viva” (1 episode)
Written and Directed byFERNANDO LEÓN DE ARANOA
ProducersFERNANDO LEÓN DE ARANOA
Executive Producers PATRICIA DE MUNS
Director of Photography RAMIRO CIVITA
Art Director LLORENÇ MIQUEL
Editor NACHO RUÍZ CAPILLAS
Production DesignerLUIS FERNÁNDEZ LAGO
Production ManagerANA PARRA
Sound IVÁN MARÍN, DANIEL PEÑA Y ALFONSO RAPOSO
Costume DesignerFERNANDO GARCÍA
Make upROMANA GONZÁLEZ
Hair DressingJOSEFA MORALES
First Assistant DirectorANTONIO ORDÓÑEZ