Participant profile: Mateo Gil

We hop a short flight to Spain, to discover more about screenwriter and director, Mateo Gil.

Mateo Gil

Mateo Gil

Mateo was born Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, and began his career writing and directing the two short films ‘Soñé que te mataba’ (1994) and ‘ Antes del beso’ (1993).

In 1996 he began what would become a long-running collaboration with writer/director Alejandro Amenábar when Mateo contributed to the story of the feature film Tesis (Thesis).  A year later he co-wrote the script of Abre los ojos (Open your Eyes) with Amenábar, who also directed the film. It picked up five international awards and a further eleven nominations. It was re-made in English in 2001 by American writer/director Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky.

In 1998 he wrote and directed the short film ‘Allanamiento de morada‘, which won four awards on the international film festival circuit.  For his feature film directorial début Mateo adapted Juan Bonilla’s novel Nadie conoce a nadie (Nobody Knows Anything, 1999). The film won two awards, and garnered Mateo a Goya Award nomination for Best New Director.

For the 2004 feature film Mar adentro (The Sea Inside) Mateo returned to co-write the script with director Amenábar. The film received worldwide acclaim, and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and a further 58 awards, including César Awards, European Film Awards, Golden Globes and Goya Awards.

His next film El método (The Method, 2005), was an adapatation of the play by Jordi Galcerán, and Mateo co-wrote the script with director Marcelo Piñeyro. It was also a critical success, and secured Mateo and Piñeyro the Goya Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, among others honours.

In 2006 he co-wrote and directed the television movie Películas para no dormir: Regreso a Moira (Films to Keep You Awake: Spectre), and in 2008 he wrote and directed the short film the ‘Dime que yo’.

His latest project sees Mateo co-writing with Amenábar again, this time on the lavish historical drama, Agora (2009). The film opened this month in his home country, and after only four days on release became 2009’s highest-grossing local film in Spain.


One Response

  1. Olá Mateo:-)

    I’m Sara a Portuguese screenwriter and I’m writing to wish you a great time in the conference and tell you that I’m a fan of your work with Amenábar in TESIS especially and your film NADIE CONOCE A NADIE.

    Keep up with the good work 🙂

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