J.A. Bayona
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Spain
2018

La Trini

J.A.
Bayona

Film Director

”Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” marked major Hollywood recognition for one of Europe’s foremost young directors. Bayona got that blockbuster job after gaining increasing attention with a trio of movies that blended shock, effects and fantasy in their examination of the psychology of baseline human relationships: a mother’s battle to assume parenthood amid her boy’s disappearance in “The Orphanage”; a mother’s struggle to reunite her family after a tsunami in true-event-inspired “The Impossible,” which earned Naomi Watts an Oscar nomination; and “A Monster Calls,” a son’s attempt to deal as his mom is dying from cancer. With “Jurassic World,” he added tentpole director to his résumé, emerging with box-ffice clout thanks to a haul that topped $1 billion worldwide.

Career

  • A MONSTER CALLS
  • JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
  • THE ORPHANAGE

Education

  • ESCAC Escola de Cinema & Audiovisuals de Catalunya (Spain)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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MADRID -- In the run-up to this week’s San Sebastian Festival, German world sales company Media Luna New Films has acquired international rights outside Spain to “I Hate New York,” a labor-of-love doc-feature from Spain’s Gustavo Sánchez telling the story of four New York trans-gender artists. Amanda Lepore, Chloe Dzubilo, Sophia Lamar and T De Long.Warner Bros. will distribute the title in Spain.Playing San Sebastian’s Made in Spain, “I Hate New York” is exec produced by J.A. Bayona, director of...

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