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Isabel Coixet

Film director


Director and screenwriter. She studied Contemporary History at the University of Barcelona before starting to collaborate with the magazine Fotogramas, where she worked for a period of time. She entered the world of advertising, where she started a very successful career, standing out as creative director of the agency JWT. In 1996 she travelled to the United States to shoot her first feature film, Things I never told you, which earned her a Fotogramas de Plata award to Best Film. In 1996 she shot for the first time in Spain and in Spanish the film A los que aman, and two years later she founded her own production company, Miss Wasabi, with which she produced her most acclaimed feature film so far, Mi vida sin mí, awarded at the Berlin Film Festival. Since then she is one of the most acclaimed Spanish directors. La vida secreta de las palabras, Elegy, Ayer no termina nunca, Mi otro yo, Aprendiendo a conducir, Nadie quiere la noche or La librería make her one of the greats in European cinema. She has also taken her first steps in the documentary genre, with Viaje al corazón de la tortura, Escuchando al juez Garzón or Spain in a Day as highlights.

Among different sustainability projects linked to water, Isabel Coixet directed the documentary Aral, el mar perdido for the Foundation, which explains one of the most severe environmental disasters in history: the drainage process of the Aral Sea.

The filmmaker considers that the Aral Sea is only an example of the many environmental disasters in our planet. "The support of We Are Water to this first initiative will allow the global dissemination of the documentary, making us reflect on the poor management we make of this increasingly scarce resource. We Are Water is an opportunity to raise awareness of the fact that water is a necessary element for development, but it is not within everyone’s reach.”