Sebastian Lelio. Chilean film director and screenwriter.
In 2006, La Sagrada Familia premiered at the San Sebastian Film
Festival, it obtained several awards and worldwide recognition. Navidad
was written with the support of the Cannes Film Festival Residence and
premiered at the 2009 Directors’ Fortnight. El Año del Tigre premiered
at the 2011 Locarno International Film Festival, in competition. In 2012,
Sebastian Lelio was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship grant and received the
support of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm.
His fourth feature film, Gloria, premiered at the 2013 Berlin
International Film Festival, in competition, where became a success with
international film critics. The Berlinale awarded the film with a Silver Bear
for Paulina García as Best Actress. Gloria represented Chile for the
Academy Awards and Goya Awards. The National Board of Review chose it as one of
the year’s five best films and it was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award
for Best International Film. The London Critics Circle nominated it as Best
Foreign Film of the Year and it received further awards in South Africa, Peru,
Chile, India, Serbia, Cuba and the USA.
Gloria received Mexico’s Ariel Award of Best Latin-American Film; the Platino
Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema as Best Film, Best Actress and Best Screenplay;
and the Silver Condor for Best Iberoamerican Film by the Argentinian Film
Critics Association. It was presented in numerous international film festivals
around the world such as Locarno (Piazza Grande), San Sebastián (Perlas),
Telluride, Toronto, New York, among many others and was released theatrically
in more than 40 countries around the world.
His fifth feature film, Una
Mujer Fantástica, is supported by the Berlinale’s Residency. The
film is co-produced by Fabula (Chile), Participant Media (USA), Komplizen Film
(Germany), Muchas Gracias (Chile) and Setembro Cine (Spain).
Lelio has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He is currently filming his first English-speaking feature film, Disobedience
starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.