Miguel Bardem

Miguel Bardem (born 1964)[1] is a Spanish film director and screenwriter.

Miguel Bardem
Born1964 (age 56–57)
Madrid, Spain
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1995–present


Bardem comes from a well-known family of actors. His father was director Juan Antonio Bardem, and his aunt is actress Pilar Bardem. Pilar's children, Javier, Mónica and Carlos are also active in the film industry.

Like his father, Bardem chose to work as a director, as well as being a screenwriter and actor. In his films, he often uses members of his family. For example, his aunt Pilar Bardem and his cousin Javier Bardem took on the leading roles in his directorial debut La madre. His debut work was awarded the Goya Award for Best Fiction Short Film. After this short film, he shot his first feature film with Alfonso Albacete in 1996. Más que amor, frenesí starred, among others, Nancho Novo, Cayetana Guillén Cuervo, and Ingrid Rubio. Carlos Bardem, the youngest cousin of Miguel, directed his acting debut under his direction. The style of the film is reminiscent of works by Pedro Almodóvar, according to a New York Times review.[2] Más que amor, frenesí brought Bardem a Goya Award nomination for Best Newcomer Director. His next directing work, La mujer más fea del mundo, starring Elia Galera, Roberto Álvare, and Héctor Alterio.[3] The film was awarded the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival prize.

In 2003, Bardem directed the Canal+-produced documentary Ninas de Hojalata. The film follows the lives of underage girls in Nepal who are sent by the thousands each year to India, where they are forced into prostitution.[4]

In 2004, Bardem once again released a comedy film with Incautos. The film starred Ernesto Alterio, Victoria Abril and Federico Luppi. For the 50th anniversary of the comic heroes Clever & Smart, Bardem was commissioned for a live action film adaptation. The film was released in 2008 under the title Mortadelo y Filemón. Misión: Salvar la Tierra. The spy film starred Alex O'Dogherty, Secun de la Rosa and Edu Soto.[5]




  1. ^ "AbsoluteNow: Celebrity Birth Date by First Name". www.absolutenow.com. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Movie Review - Not Love, Just Frenzy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-08. If Not Love, Just Frenzy were a Renaissance painting, it might be attributed to the school of Almodovar.
  3. ^ "The Ugliest Woman in the World". www.mjsimpson.co.uk. Archived from the original on 10 October 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  4. ^ "TIN GIRLS Niñas de Hojalata". www.innterlens.com. Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2018. Every year in Nepal, some 12000 girls are sent to work in brothels all over India. Most of them are only 13 years old,[…]
  5. ^ "It's 'Happening' for Wahlberg and Shyamalan". www.ew.com. Retrieved 7 July 2018. […]TV actor Eduard Soto will star as Mortadelo in Miguel Bardem's Mortadelo and Filemon, a movie adaptation of the Spanish comic book series Clever & Smart[…]
  6. ^ Redondo, David (15 December 2014). "'Prim', otra ficción que salva el honor de TVE". Cadena SER.
  7. ^ "Puchon International Film Festival". www.filmfestivals.com. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2018.

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