Luis Llosa

Director, Producer, Documentarian
Significant figure of the Peruvian film and TV industry since the 1970s turned capable director of Hollywood action pictures in the 90s. Llosa began as a film critic and segued into producing and directing made-for-TV ... Read more »
Born: in Peru

Filmography

Producer (10)

186 Dollars to Freedom 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fire on the Amazon 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Watchers III 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

800 Leagues Down the Amazon 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crackdown 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Full Fathom Five 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Welcome to Oblivion 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crime Zone 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heroes Stand Alone 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hour of the Assassin 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (8)

The Feast of the Goat 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Anaconda 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Fire on the Amazon 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Specialist 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

800 Leagues Down the Amazon 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Sniper 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Crime Zone 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Hour of the Assassin 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Significant figure of the Peruvian film and TV industry since the 1970s turned capable director of Hollywood action pictures in the 90s. Llosa began as a film critic and segued into producing and directing made-for-TV documentaries, including the highly regarded "The Gold of the Incas". He also became a busy producer-director in Peruvian entertainment TV, amassing credits like the youth-oriented "Carmin" and the cop show "Gamboa".

Llosa hails from one of Peru's most influential families; their activities have encompassed politics, the arts, broadcasting and other media. His cousin, Mario Vargas Llosa (author of "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter"), is a celebrated practitioner of the "magic realism" movement in literature. The pair collaborated on a weekly investigative news program entitled "The Tower of Babel" (Llosa producing and directing) that was distributed throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The filmmaker adapted his cousin's short story for the feature "Dia Domingo". Llosa also served as campaign manager for Vargas Llosa's failed 1990 presidential bid in Peru.

Llosa's first involvement with the US film industry was as an assistant to producer-director William Friedkin and a dialogue coach on the lavish jungle suspenser "Sorcerer" (1977), shot largely in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Exploitation guru Roger Corman later "discovered" Llosa and had him produce and/or direct half a dozen Peru-lensed genre flicks under his expansive auspices. These almost straight-to-video releases included the political thriller "Hour of the Assassin" (1987) starring Erik Estrada and Robert Vaughn, the sci-fi actioner "Crime Zone" (1989) with David Carradine and Sherilyn Fenn, and the suspenser "Full Fathom Five" (1990) headlined by Michael Moriarty. Llosa made his American movie breakthrough helming "Sniper" (1993), a middling jungle-set thriller starring Tom Berenger and Billy Zane. He entered the big leagues as the director of "The Specialist" (1994) a pyrotechnical extravaganza featuring what should have been an explosive pairing of Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone but which fizzled instead. In 1997, he helmed the critically-derided but box-office hit thriller "Anaconda", set in the Amazon basin.

Relationships

Mario Llosa

Cousin
celebrated practitioner of "magic realism" in literature collaborated on several film and TV projects Luis Llosa was campaign manager for his failed 1990 bid for the presidency of Peru

Jack Rollins

Father-In-Law
executive produced "The Late Show with David Letterman" and most of Woody Allen's features

Milestones

1994

Directed his first major Hollywood feature, "The Specialist", a big-budget thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone

1993

Directed his first Hollywood feature of note, "Sniper"

1990

Served as campaign manager for his cousin Mario Vargas Llosa during the latter's bid for the presidency of Peru

1990

Produced his first feature that he didn't also direct, "Welcome to Oblivion/Ultra Warrior", a sci-fi horror flick

1987

"Discovered" by producer Roger Corman (date approximate)

1987

Produced and directed "Hour of the Assassin", a political thriller; the first of six collaborations with executive producer Roger Corman

1977

Served as an assistant to producer-director William Friedkin and also a dialogue coach on the set of "Sorcerer"

Worked on several popular Latin American TV series including the youth-oriented "Carmin" and the cop series "Gamboa" (both shown in the USA on Spanish-language networks)

Became a director of made-for-TV documentaries in Peru

Directed "Dia Domingo", based on a short story by his cousin, Mario Vargas Llosa

Began his entertainment career as a film critic

With his cousin Mario Vargas Llosa, produced and directed "The Tower of Babel", a weekly investigative news program distributed throughout the Spanish-speaking world

Filmed a documentary in Tokyo entitled "A Latin American Vision of Today's Japan"

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