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Alejandro Amenábar
Spain 1996 / 125’

The entire plot in Alejandro Amenábar's debut film revolves around so-called snuff films, amateur movies that depict authentic scenes of murder, torture, rape, or other forms of physical violence. One such production provides the point of departure for the Spanish director in his story about a film school student who is trying to find the murderer of a girl whose death was captured on a video cassette that she found by chance. Amenábar's talent can be seen at the level of the construction of the story itself, which, ultimately, follows the easily recognizable rules of the thriller genre. However, Tesis, which garnered seven Goya Awards, is exceptional primarily because of its take on the human fascination with evil, as well as its self-referential considerations of the role and purpose of audiovisual materials.

Patryk Tomiczek



Goya Awards 1997 - Best Film, Best New Actor, Best New Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Production Supervision, Best Sound; Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 1997 - Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver; Gramado Film Festival 1996 – Best Actor; Ondas Awards 1996 – Best Director, Sant Jordi Awards 1997 – Best Director

Alejandro Amenábar

Amenábar is one of Spain’s best-known directors. His feature-film debut, Tesis, which he made at the age of 23, caught the attention of the film world right away. His second film was also a success: Open Your Eyes, which provided the subject for a Hollywood remake several years later. The Others, a Hollywood horror film starring Nicole Kidman, was followed up by The Sea Inside, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. His most recent work is the 2009 film Agora.


1996 Teza / Tesis / Thesis

1997 Otwórz oczy / Abre los ojos / Open Your Eyes

2001 Inni / The Others

2004 W stronę morza / Mar Adentro / The Sea Inside

2009 Agora

Cast & Crew

director Alejandro Amenábar
screenplay Alejandro Amenábar
cinematography Hans Burmann
editing María Elena Sáinz de Rozas
music Alejandro Amenábar, Mariano Marín
cast Ana Torrent, Fele Martinez, Eduardo Noriega, Xavier Elorriaga, Miguel Picazo, Nieves Herranz, Rosa Campillo, Francisco Hernández, Rosa Ávila, Teresa Castanedo
producer José Luis Cuerda
production Sogepaq S.A., Las Producciones Del Escorpion S.L.
sales Tamasa
language Spanish
colouration colour