José Luis Borau Moradell (Zaragoza, August 8, 1929) is a director, producer, screenwriter, actor and film critic Spanish.


Born in Zaragoza on August 8, 1929. He made his first studies at Colegio San Agustín de Zaragoza. Borau began to study law in Zaragoza in 1949. After working for a short period as a film critic for the newspaper Heraldo de Aragón, studied since 1957 in the Official film school in Madrid, career ended with the short River in 1961.

So it was considered as the great hope of the “new Spanish Cinema” in the 1960s. However, while his contemporaries a psychological cinema, he, according to the Hollywood, fashion was dedicated to spaghetti western (Brandy, 1963) or the thriller double-edged crime (1965) with little commercial success.

Works concluded that could only shoot films satisfactory if them you were under own control and was founded in 1967 released his own production company El magnet. For ten years he filmed mostly ads and produced films of others. He worked as Professor at the Official school of cinematography screenplay.

His first film under own control is the political thriller should kill B. (1974), which emphasized, first, its precise and meticulous style in the direction, story construction and mounting.

Their biggest commercial success was in 1975 with the Furtivos, drama that currently is considered as one of the best examples of the latest cinema under Franco. Above all, it impresses the visual scenery of the plot in the forests around Madrid. The film won in 1975 Golden shell of the San Sebastian Film Festival and the prize for best film in Spanish.

After La Sabina (1979), in 1984, he was director of co-production takes Down river (US title: On the Line) with David carradine and Victoria Abril. After harvesting success of public and critics in 1986 with Tata MIA (with Rule Argentina and Carmen Maura), among other things was nominated for the Goya as best screenplay and filmed in 1997 child nobody.

In 1993 he filmed the Celia, TV series based on stories of Elena fortún. With the idea of only writing scripts and producing chapters, he finished by direct part of the series. The series was public success in Spanish television.

From 1994 to 1999 was President of the Academy of Arts and the film of Spain. In 1995 he founded his own publishing house ediciones El magnet, books on cinema.

In the year 2001 obtained with his film Leo (2000) the Goya Award for Best Director. In addition, won the special prize of the Malaga Film Festival jury and together with The community of álex de la Iglesia Frame silver award. In 2003, aged 74, received for eleven varas shirt, short stories, book the narrative to the best opera prima Award Tigre Juan. In 2007, chunta aragonesista awarded the 3rd Prize Aragoneses in Madrid. In July 2007 was elected new President of Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE) and in February 2008 was named academic of the Royal Spanish Academy, covering the vacancy of Fernando fernán Gómez in armchair B.[ 1 ] Adding speech response was by Mario Vargas Llosa.


* National award for cinematography (2002)

* Tigre Juan Prize for fiction (2003)

* Special mention Espiello (2009)

Cinematographic work

* On the River (1960)

* Brandy (1963)

* Double-edged crime (1965)

* He must be killed to B (1974)

* Stealth (1975)

* Savin (1979)

* Downstream / On the line (1984)    * My Tata (1986)

* Child one (1996)

* Leo (2000)

Work for television

* Celia (series)

Literary work

* Eleven varas shirt, Tigre Juan Prize of narrative.

* Christmas, ugly Christmas

* Winter friend

* Culver City stories

* Film Word

Film criticism

* Dictionary of Spanish film

* Painting in cinema, cinema in painting

* Gadgets Spanish film, art and film

[Edit] Published screenplays

* Leo