Luis Adalberto Puenzo (born 19 February 1946) is an Argentine film director, producer and screenplay writer. He works mainly in the cinema of Argentina, but has also worked in the United States.[1]

Luis Puenzo
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Luis Puenzo in 2016.
Born (1946-02-19) 19 February 1946 (age 77)
Occupation(s)Film Director, producer, writer


Puenzo was born in Buenos Aires in 1946. He began a successful career in 1965 producing television advertising spots in Argentina. He founded Luis Puenzo Cinema, a production company, with Sergio Tamburri (film editor and trombone player of the famous Porteña Jazz Band); the firm's name was changed to Cinemanía S.A. in 1974.[2]

During Argentina's Civic-military dictatorship of Argentina in the mid 1970s and early 1980s many filmmakers became victims of repression and some went into exile; some disappeared. During this difficult time, Puenzo decided to work in advertising.[3]

In the United States he is known for his film Old Gringo (1989), starring Gregory Peck, Jane Fonda and Jimmy Smits.

His film The Official Story (1985) won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and many other accolades.[4]

He was the president of the INCAA under the presidency of Alberto Fernández.


The Official Story, arguably Puenzo's best work, has been lauded by film critics and scholars for bringing to the screen a story that "[is] an excellent point of departure to explore some of Argentina and Latin America's most salient problems today. As the film deals with its various themes, it shows their impact on individuals in a very personal way, thus making them more immediate." Today, Puenzo's film has become "a staple in many Latin American culture courses throughout the U.S. and Europe, keeping its relevance intact even though it is now well into its second decade."[5][6]

According to Sandra Brennan most of his films "offer probing, metaphorical portraits of characters and relationships in the face of larger sociopolitical issues."[7]


Awards for The Official StoryEdit




  1. ^ IMDb film data base.
  2. ^ ABC Guionistas: Reconocimiento a Luis Puenzo en Tandil Cine (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Aufderheide, Patricia Archived 2007-02-05 at the Wayback Machine. Cross-Cultural Film Guide, The American University, 1992.
  4. ^ "The 58th Academy Awards (1986) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  5. ^ Blommers, Thomas J. "Social and Cultural Circularity in La historia oficial," California State University-Bakersfield.
  6. ^ Cinergía Archived 2006-12-09 at the Wayback Machine movie file by Cristina Molano-Wendt, Amy Bianchi, Shannon Tierny, and Brian Sabella. For educational purposes.
  7. ^ Brennan, Sandra. Allmovie, biography.

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