Carla Simón | Film director
Carla was born in 1986 in Badalona and at the age of six she went to live with her uncle, aunt and a cousin in the Garrotxa area. Her life experience formed the basis of her first feature-length film, shot entirely in Catalan, Summer 1993. Her film début was premièred at the 2017 Berlinale, where it won the prize for best first film and the Generation Kplus Jury prize. Nominated for the EFAs, it won 3 Goya awards, among them best new director, and was chosen by the Academy to represent Spain at the Oscars.
With her second film, Alcarràs, she once again drew inspiration from her own experiences, with the leading role played by a family of peach farmers from the village of the same name in the Lleida region. A film for which she won the Golden Bear.
The differentiating trait of her films is the people, who become characters shaped by the landscapes and the setting in which they live. Like these characters, Carla has always felt herself to be influenced by the landscapes of Catalonia. They have helped her to construct her stories, filled with emotion, sensitivity and unique details.