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Lydia Martina Zimmermann Kuoni (born 30 December 1966 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) is a Spanish Catalan actress, film director and editor, businesswoman, author, activist, cinematographer, and academic.[1]

Lydia Zimmermann
Lydia Martina Zimmermann Kuoni

(1966-12-30) 30 December 1966 (age 52)
  • Academic
  • Activist
  • Actress
  • Author
  • Businesswoman
  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Screenwriter
Years active1989–
Known forFilmmaking
Notable work
Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (2002)
StyleArt film
MovementLate modernism
ChildrenNilo Mur (born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on 22 July 1986) (son)
WebsiteLydia Zimmermann's Official Website



Lydia Zimmermann is the daughter of two Swiss parents, Yves Zimmermann, a graphic designer, and Bignia Silvia Zimmermann-Kuoni, an anthropologist and textile designer. Her parents met in the United States and moved to Spain. She has also lived in Australia, Canada, Haiti, Switzerland, and the United States.[1] As of 2012, Zimmermann was working on a script of a film that was scheduled to begin shooting in Canada in 2012. Her partner is Isaac Pierre Marcel Racine, also a filmmaker,[2] on whose 1998 film Remedios de Cuba: Scuba Drive she served as editor and on whose 2014 short film Troya[3] she served as executive producer and director's advisor.[1] Her son, Nilo Mur, is a filmmaker as well, and she acted in, together with Racine, and produced his 2007 short film Forse Domani. In addition, she teaches at the European Film Actor School, at the Pompeu Fabra University Communication Department as an Associate Professor offering directing and screenwriting courses and presenting the works during conferences held at the Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya, as well as at the Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti.[4] She is one of the founders of the Zürich-based film production company Artisan Films GmbH and the Barcelona-based fashion design and communications equipment leasing company Zimmermann Asociados and sits on the board of the Ramuni Paniker Trust, a Barcelona-based group which aims to provide financial support to talented yet underresourced young people in Kerala, India, the Zürich-based real estate company Gebrüder Kuoni, and the Barcelona-based stool design company TWISTAB, founded by Racine. She has studied under Jonathan Demme, Lindsay Kemp, and Cesc Gelabert, directed Sergi Belbel's Después de la lluvia and a stage adaptation of Sergio Cabrera's film The Strategy of the Snail for the theatre group Comicastros. She has a MA on Transdisciplinary Arts at Zurich University of the Arts.


Best known for her directorial debut Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (2002), codirected with Agustí Villaronga and Isaac Pierre Marcel Racine,[5] in which she also had an uncredited cameo and for which she appeared, together with Racine and Villaronga, on Versión española, directed by Félix Piñuela and broadcast by Televisión Española, on 1 April 2005 and on Sala 33, directed by Àlex Gorina i Macià and broadcast by TV3, on 18 December 2010,[6] Zimmermann has also, among other activities, played the role of a caregiver in Agustí Villaronga's film Moon Child (1989), her acting debut, as well as the roles of a mourner in Antoni Aloy's 1999 film adaptation of the 1898 Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw titled Presence of Mind, a mother in Gemma Ventura's 2009 short film about Carl Jung The Jung Files and once again in the 2010 film Elisa K, directed by Jordi Cadena i Casanovas and Judith Colell, in which she appeares among the acknowledged, and of Ana de Pombo in Agustí Villaronga's 2013 television series Carta a Eva broadcast by La 1.[7] She appeared on 27 November 2014 on the television program Àrtic broadcast by Betevé. She codirected with Agustí Villaronga a television documentary titled Fe about and broadcast by RTVE as part of the series 50 años de on 10 December 2009 and worked as a camera operator during the production of Mariano Barroso's 1994 film Mi hermano del alma and the 2011 film Barcelona, abans que el temps ho esborri directed by Mireia Ros.[8] Her video art, dealing with topics ranging from Andrei Tarkovsky's 1966 film Andrei Rublev, Blanca Portillo's incarnation of Mary during a stage adaptation of Colm Tóibín 2012 novel The Testament of Mary directed by Agustí Villaronga, the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc, and fashion designer Jesús del Pozo to Théodore Géricault's 1818–1819 painting The Raft of the Medusa as well as his other work, a 2012 homage to Maria Mercè Marçal titled Ferida arrel: Maria-Mercè Marçal and the personas of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Robert Capa, supported by the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts and by Banco Sabadell, has appeared at the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica and at the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc. Two television films directed by her, La dona de gel (2003) and Perfecta pell (2005), were broadcast by RAI and TV3, and she has also written a screenplay based on Paul Auster's 1995 short story collection The Red Notebook titled Correspondencia. She was also listed amongst the acknowledged in Antonio Chavarrías' film Volverás.


In April 2003, Zimmermann, together with Villaronga and Racine, won the Ariel a mejor guion original and was nominated for the Ariel Award for Best Director at the Ariel Awards for Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (2002). In January 2011, she was nominated for the Gaudí a la millor actriu secundària at the Gaudí Awards for her role in Elisa K (2010), and, in September 2002, she was nominated for the Golden Shell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival for Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (2002).[1] She appeared during the televised ceremony broadcast by TV3 and titled III Premis Gaudí de l'Acadèmia del Cinema Català, directed by Joel Joan and Adrian Smith. A 1995 short film directed by her titled Wake also won the Best Director Award at the St Kilda Short Film Festival as well as the Best Film Award at the Zinebi and a Special Mention of the Jury Award at the Girona Film Festival.


  • Agustí Villaronga, Lydia Zimmermann, e Isaac Pierre Racine. Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino: Guión cinematográfico, Colección Espiral, Colección dirigida por Jesús Robles, 23. Madrid: Ocho y Medio Libros de Cine, 2002, 128 páginas (ISBN 9788495839237). ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Aroca, María Victoria. «Lydia Zimmermann, sencillez escogida» (Archive). S Moda El País (in Spanish). 7 January 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2015. «los padres de Lydia –el diseñador gráfico Yves Zimmermann y la diseñadora textil y antropóloga Bignia Kuoni,» «Actriz, nominada a los premios Gaudí por su papel en F, realizadora, guionista y directora,» «Junto a su pareja, Isaac P. Racine, prepara el que será su primer largo con guion propio, una historia sobre el azar y las coincidencias que rodará en Canadá en 2012,» «Presumida a su pesar, le gusta la sencillez. Los años vividos en Estados Unidos, Australia y Canadá la han acostumbrado a comprar en comercios de segunda mano,» and «Los padres de Lydia, ambos suizos, se conocieron en Estados Unidos y llegaron a Barcelona por motivos laborales.»
  2. ^ Racine, Isaac Pierre Marcel. "Isaac Pierre Racine". Isaac Pierre Marcel Racine's Old Website. Retrieved 4 March 2017. "Isaac Pierre Racine". MyHeritage. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Troya". Troya. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Ciné Institute Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Ciné Institute. Retrieved 4 March 2017. "Ciné Institute Annual Report 2011" (PDF). Ciné Institute. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  5. ^ Haddu, Miriam. Whodunit? In Search of the Real/Reel (and Imagined) Aro Tolbukhin in Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino. In Haddu, Miriam; Page, Joanna, eds. (8 June 2009). Visual Synergies in Fiction and Documentary Film from Latin America. New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan Studies of the Americas, pp. 163–178. ISBN 9780230622159. Retrieved 4 March 2017.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) Agustí Villaronga (22 September 2010). Cofre Agustí Villaronga (DVD) (in Spanish). Cameo Media S.L. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Sala 33: Entrevista als codirectors d'Aro Tolbukhin, dins la ment de l'assassí". TV3 a la carta (in Catalan). 19 December 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Carta a Eva: Capitulo 1". RTVE a la carta (in Spanish). 2 November 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015. "Carta a Eva: Capitulo 2". RTVE a la carta (in Spanish). 2 November 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  8. ^ "50 años de: Fe". RTVE a la carta (in Spanish). 10 December 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Racine, Isaac Pierre". La Librera del Savoy (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 March 2017. "Racine, Isaac Pierre". Imosver (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 March 2017. "Aro Tolbukmin: En la mente del asesino". Buscalibre (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 March 2017. "Isaac Pierre Racine". (in French). Retrieved 4 March 2017. "Racine, Isaac P." OCLC Virtual International Authority File. Retrieved 4 March 2017. "Racine, Isaac P." WorldCat. Retrieved 4 March 2017. "Isaac Pierre Racine". (in French). Retrieved 4 March 2017.

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