Luis Puenzo

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Leading figure of the Argentine film industry who began directing commercials at the age of 19 and directed, produced and co-wrote his first feature, "Lights of My Shoes", in 1973. Puenzo earned international ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1945 in Argentina

Filmography

other (13)

Clandestine Childhood 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

El Nino pez 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

XXY 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Whore and the Whale 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Whore and the Whale 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Whore and the Whale 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Some Who Lived 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

The Plague 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Plague 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Old Gringo 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Old Gringo 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

La Historia Oficial 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Historia Oficial 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Leading figure of the Argentine film industry who began directing commercials at the age of 19 and directed, produced and co-wrote his first feature, "Lights of My Shoes", in 1973. Puenzo earned international recognition for "The Official Story" (1984), a subtle and moving account of a middle-class woman who gradually becomes aware of her own complicity in a corrupt political regime. The film earned Norma Aleandro a Best Actress Award at Cannes in 1985 and itself took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Film the following year.

On the strength of his ability to make an intimate, character-driven drama reflect wider social and political issues, Puenzo was chosen to direct "The Old Gringo" (1989), adapted from the novel by Carlos Fuentes. Despite a $25 million budget and the presence of stars Jane Fonda and Gregory Peck, the film proved a rambling critical and commercial flop.

Milestones

1973

First feature films as director, "Lights of My Shoes" (also produced and co-wrote)

Began directing commercials at age 19

Founder of Cinemania production company

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