The cinema of Iciar Bollaín

By Isabel Santaolalla

The cinema of Iciar Bollaín

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8058-6
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: June 2012
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, Television, Radio, Films, cinema, Electronic, holographic & video art, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, ART / Film & Video, Spain, The arts / Film, TV & radio
  • Series: Spanish and Latin-American Filmmakers


Director, actress, scriptwriter and producer, Iciar Bollaín is one of the liveliest of contemporary young Spanish filmmakers and the first female director to have had a film (También la lluvia, 2010) shortlisted by the American Film Academy. Through detailed analysis of film form, socio-cultural contexts and conditions of production and consumption, the book opens up key issues on gender, production, film authorship, the mediation of socio-historical realities and the whole question of 'women's cinema'.

Covering all aspects of her career, this book begins by taking in her work in front of the camera, beginning with her emergence as a teenage star in Victor Erice's El Sur (1983), and following on with discussions of her mature roles, such as Un paraguas para tres and Leo . Discussion of her work as a producer and director focus on production and form, as well as on the socio-historical contexts to which they belong.


Note on referencing and translation


I. In front of the camera
1. El Sur (Víctor Erice, 1983): teenage-star for the New Spanish Cinema
2. Un paraguas para tres (Felipe Vega, 1991): RomCom Bollaín
3. Land and Freedom (Ken Loach, 1995): acting history without a script
4. Leo (José Luis Borau, 2000): redhead reckoning

II. Behind the camera
1. Short films: shortcuts and longshots. Baja corazón (1992), Los amigos del muerto (1995), Amores que matan (2000), Por tu bien (2004)
2. Hola, ¿estás sola? (1995): the roads to freedom
3. Flores de otro mundo (1999): homeward the women
4. Te doy mis ojos (2003): eyes wide open
5. Mataharis (2007): secrets, lies and truths
6. También la lluvia (2010): El Dorado burning


Films by Iciar Bollaín
Other films mentioned


Isabel Santaolalla is Professor of Spanish and Film Studies at the University of Roehampton

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