Fernando Trueba is multi-award-winning writer, director and producer, with a career spanning more than three decades in film, television, documentaries, theatre and music. Belle Epoque, starring Penelope Cruz, won both the Oscar and BAFTA for Foreign Language Film.
Trueba's Latin jazz documentary Calle 54 saw the birth of his collaboration and friendship with Javier Mariscal. In the concert film Blanco Y Negro he brought together Cuban-born musician Bebo Valdes and Spanish flamenco star Diego "El Cigala", winning the Latin Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music video.
His documentary filmed in Brazil, El Milagro De Candeal, won two Goya awards. El Ano de Las Luces, won a Goya as well as the Silver Bear in the Berlin Film Festival; The Mad Monkey (1989) also won five Goyas. Trueba's last film El Baile De La Victoria (The Dancer and the Thief) was Spain's submission to the 2010 Academy Awards, and received 10 Goya nominations.
Trueba's published works include his dictionary of Cinema. He began his career as the film critic of leading Spanish newspaper El Pais.