Participant profile: Sergio Gutiérrez Sánchez

It’s back to Spain, to meet screenwriter Sergio Gutiérrez Sánchez.

Sergio Gutiérrez Sánchez

Sergio Gutiérrez Sánchez

Sergio was born in Oviedo, Asturias in 1973. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Film & TV program. He worked for Gramercy Pictures for a year before returning to his native Spain to produce, write and direct the short films ‘Me voy de casa’ (1997), ‘7337‘ (2000) and ‘Temporada Baja‘ (2003), collecting over a hundred awards at local and international film festivals.

It was in 2001, in one of those festivals where he met long-time collaborator Juan Antonio Bayona. Sergio had written what was meant to be his first feature film as a director, but after meeting Bayona he thought the project had a bigger chance of being produced with Bayona as a director and he handed the script over to him. Guillermo del Toro came on board as a producer and El orfanato (The Orphanage, 2007) became a tremendous hit. It became the highest grossing local film in Spanish language ever, and picked up over 31 awards including the Goya for Best Original Screenplay for Sánchez.

Sergio directed and co-wrote the TV movie Las manos del pianist (Hands of the Piano Player, 2008), from the novel by Eugenio Fuentes as adapted by Miguel Barros, and picked up 6 new awards at international film festivals.

He’s just turned in the script for Bayona’s new movie, which will start shooting in May and will be their first english language collaboration. The Orphanage will have its american remake directed by Larry Fessenden and produced once more by Guillermo del Toro, who might direct another Sánchez penned script, 3993 as the closing chapter of his Spanish Civil War Trilogy.

Right now Sergio is preparing The Awakening, his feature film début as a director from his own script, which will shoot in 2010.

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