Álvaro Brechner (born April 9, 1976 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is a Uruguayan film director, writer and producer that lives in Spain.

Alvaro Brechner
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Born
Montevideo, Uruguay
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter

He has written and directed three feature films, Bad Day to Go Fishing (Mal Día Para Pescar), Mr. Kaplan and A Twelve-Year Night (La Noche de 12 Años). His films have been selected in several festivals such as Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. All three of his films have been chosen as Uruguay's official selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

BiographyEdit

He attended the Catholic University of Uruguay where he obtained a degree in Media Studies.

In 1999 he earned a master's degree in creative documentary at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.

He directed and produced several documentaries and the 35mm short films: "The Nine Mile Walk" (based on a short story by the American writer Harry Kemelman), "Sofia" and "Second Anniversary".

In 2009, his feature film debut Bad Day to Go Fishing premiered at the International Critics' Week of the Cannes Film Festival. It was the Uruguayan candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film went on to win several international awards and has been screened in many film festivals such as the 26th Warsaw International Film Festival (Best Film Free Spirit Comp.), Montreal World Film Festival, Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (Best Film Opera Prima), Mar del Plata Film Festival (Best Actor), Moscow International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Austin (Best Film & Audience Award), Brooklyn (Best Director), Sofia International Film Festival (Best Film Fipresci), São Paulo, Busan International Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The film won 10 Uruguay Fipresci Critics Awards, including Best Film, Best International Film Debut, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor and was nominated for Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor by the Spanish Critics (CEC).

He directed Mr. Kaplan in 2014.[1][2] The project was developed through TorinoFilmLab' Script&Pitch programme in 2010 and Framework in 2011. He won a €100.000 Production Award and a €30.000 Audience Award.[3]

The film was selected by dozens of Ffstivals including BFI London Film Festival, Mar del Plata Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Havana Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Fribourg and Huelva Film Festival.

It was the Uruguayan candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film[4], and was nominated for Best Iberoamerican Film for the Goya Awards of the Spanish Film Academy, the Ariel Award of the Mexican Academy of Film, and received 7 nominations at the 2nd Platino Awards, including Best Film of the year, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Photography, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Art Direction.[5]

In 2014 Brechner was highlighted by Variety as one of the Up Next 10, a list of the most interesting directors and producers emerging from Latin America.[6]

In 2017 he was one of several Latin American directors interviewed in A Companion to Latin American Cinema, which also included Alejandro González Iñárritu, Pablo Larraín, Diego Luna and Martín Rejtman.[7]

Brechner's third film A Twelve-Year Night premiered as an Official Selection at the 75th Venice International Film Festival and San Sebastian Film Festival. It was the Uruguayan candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2019 and for Best Adapted Screenplay at Spain's Goya Awards.

A Twelve-Year Night[8] was awarded at the co-production markets of Berlin International Film Festival[9] and San Sebastián International Film Festival.

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hopewell, John (30 June 2015). "Alvaro Brechner: 'Mr. Kaplan,' Dignity, 'Scarecrow,' a Phrase His Grandfather Once Used". variety.com. Archived from the original on 29 June 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Meet Alvaro Brechner, Director of Uruguay's Latest Nazi-Hunting Adventure 'Mr. Kaplan'". remezcla.com. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Torino Film Lab Hands Out Production Awards". hollywoodreporter.com. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Mr.Kaplan will represent Uruguay in the Oscar - Le Groupe Ouest". legroupeouest.com. 13 October 2014. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  5. ^ Audiovisuales, EGEDA - http://www.egeda.es - Entidad de Gestion de Derechos de los Productores. "Premios PLATINO. Nominadas 2015". www.premiosplatino.com. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  6. ^ Fuente, John Hopewell,Anna Marie de la (3 December 2014). "Latin America: New Talent Emerges Behind the Screen". variety.com. Archived from the original on 29 June 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  7. ^ Delgado, Maria M.; Hart, Stephen M.; Johnson, Randal, eds. (24 April 2017). "A Companion to Latin American Cinema". Wiley-Blackwell. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017 – via Amazon.
  8. ^ "Álvaro Brechner brings back Memories from the Cell". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  9. ^ www.pro-idea.cz, Pro-idea s.r.o. /. "Alvaro Brechner wins ARTE International Prize at Berlinale Co-Production Market - TorinoFilmLab". www.torinofilmlab.it. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.

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