Julio Medem

Julio Medem Lafont Sanjuán Mendizabal (born 21 October 1958) is a Spanish screenwriter and film director.[1]

Julio Medem
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Julio Medem Lafont Sanjuán Mendizabal

(1958-10-21) 21 October 1958 (age 62)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter


Medem was born on 21 October 1958 in San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain and showed an interest in movies since childhood, when he would take his father's Super 8 camera and shoot at night, while nobody was paying attention. After college graduation (where he earned degrees in Medicine and General Surgery) he worked as a film critic and later as a screenwriter, assistant director and editor. After a few shorts he directed his first full-length feature, Vacas ('Cows') for which he won a Goya Award.

After this film he directed The Red Squirrel and Earth, both receiving good reviews at Cannes. In his next film, Lovers of the Arctic Circle, which has been compared to the works of Krzysztof Kieślowski,[citation needed] his next film was Sex and Lucia.[2] After this film he directed and produced La pelota vasca ('The Basque Ball'), documentary film about the political problems of the Basque Country, which caused a furor amongst some victims of terrorism and far right politicians. Following this, his film Caótica Ana debuted in 2007.

Filmography as directorEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Narrative filmsEdit

Documentary filmEdit

Short filmsEdit

Super 8Edit

  • El ciego (The Blind, 1974)
  • El jueves pasado (Last Thursday, 1977)
  • Fideos (Noodles, 1979)
  • Si yo fuera poeta... (If I Were a Poet, 1981)
  • Teatro en Soria (Theatre in Soria, 1982)

35 mmEdit

  • Patas en la cabeza (Nutty As a Fruitcake, 1985)
  • Las seis en punta (Six on the Dot, 1987)
  • Martín (commissioned by TVE for their Siete huellas, siete [Seven Tracks, Seven] series of short films, 1988)
  • El Diario Vasco (The Basque Daily, 1989)


  • Asi se hizo "Airbag" (making of Juanma Bajo Ulloa's film Airbag, 1997)
  • Clecla (commissioned by notodofilmfest.com, 2001)
  • La pelota vasca (segment of ¡Hay motivo! [There Is Reason!], 2003)
  • En las ramas de Ana (In Ana's Branches, commissioned by es:Fotogramas and Nokia for their N_ature movies series of short films, 2007)
  • Concha (Mussel, video installation commissioned by Acciona and shown at Expo 2008, 2008)

Music videoEdit

  • "Océano de sol" for Antonio Vega (1994)


  • Runner for Audi's Attitudes campaign (agency: El Sindicato, 1999/2000)[3]
  • Soplo/Tendedero (Waft/Clothesline) and Mediterraneo (Mediterranean) for Balay (agency: FCB Tapsa, 2002)
  • Vecina (Neighbour) and Brazalete (Bracelet) for Heineken (agency: Dayax, 2003)


  1. ^ Rivera, Alfonso (March 22, 2010). "Interview: Julio Medem". Cineuropa.org. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Elvis (July 12, 2002). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'Sex and Lucía'". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Hunter, Sandy (June 1, 2006). "Manifesto Destiny". Boards. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2009.

Further readingEdit

  • Stone, Rob: Julio Medem. Manchester 2007 (Spanish and Latin American Filmmakers)
  • Evans, Jo: Julio Medem. London 2007 (Critical Guides to Spanish & Latin American Texts and Films; 71)
  • Angulo, Jesús/Rebordinos, José Luis: Contra la certeza: El cine de Julio Medem. San Sebastián/Huesca 2005
  • Ituarte Pérez, Leire: El imaginario posmoderno de la feminidad en la filmografía de Juanma Bajo Ulloa y Julio Medem. Bilbao 2007 (Tesis doctorales)
  • Bochnig, Julia: ''Von der großen Sehnsucht zu fliehen": Die Filme von Julio Medem. Remscheid 2005 (Filmstudien; 37)
  • Strigl, Sandra: Traumreisende: Eine narratologische Studie der Filme von Ingmar Bergman, André Téchiné und Julio Medem. Bielefeld 2007
  • Rodriguez, Marie-Soledad (ed.): Le cinéma de Julio Medem. Paris 2008
  • Falcioni, Davide: L'immagine eccessiva: Julio Medem e il suo universo magico. Bellocchi di Fano 2004 (Quaderni del Fano International Film Festival/Papermoon; 2)

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