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Benito Zambrano


At the beginning of the 80s, Benito Zambrano started recording shortfilms. He made his début at the cinema with the film SOLA”, it is a movie involved in a sad tone, as realistic as lyrical, placed in Sevilla, it talks about the loneliness at the old age and the family ties with which he won several Goya Awards, between them the one for best original script, best new coming director, best new coming actress to Ana Fernandez, best newcomer actor to Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa and best supporting actress to María Galiana.

During 2002 Zambrano directed the TV series PADRE CORAJE, broadcasted by Antena 3 with the presence of Juan Diego, a men who wants to seek justice after the murder of his son.

The andalusian director came back to the cinema with HABANA BLUES (2005), story placed in Cuba starring two young musicians of La Habana who expect leaving the caribbean island looking for prosperity in Spain.

Six years later he released LA VOZ DORMIDA (2011), adaptation of the homonymous book of Dulce Chacón focused on the testimonials of the women who belong to republican side at postwar times.

In 2019, INTEMPERIE was released, a film set in the Spanish postwar period, he won several awards and nominations. It is worth highlighting the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards at the ASECAN Awards, the Best Director and Best Film Award at the CEC Awards and the Best Film nomination at the Goya 2020 Awards.

In 2021, he presented his film PAN DE LIMÓN CON SEMILLAS DE AMAPOLA, highly regarded by the industry, achieving a Goya nomination for best screenplay adaptation.

His latest feature film, EL SALTO, reflects the situation experienced by sub-Saharan migrants, both those waiting to cross the gates of Europe, as well as those who have already managed to enter.


Cinema Writer Circle Award, Spain:
– Best Adapted Screenplay

ASECAN awards:
– Nominated for Best Direction.
– Nominated for Best Screenplay.

GOYA awards:
– Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.


ASECAN Awards:
– Best Director Award (Benito Zambrano).
– Best Screenplay Award (Benito Zambrano, Pablo Remón and Daniel Remón).
– Best Supporting Actor Award (Vicente Romero).
– Best Cinematography (Pau Esteve Birba).
– Best Original Song Award (Javier Ruibal and Sílvia Pérez Cruz).
– Best Film Nominee.
– Best Supporting Actress Nominee (Paz de Alarcón).
– Best Supporting Actor Nominee (Manolo Caro).
– Best Production Manager Nominee (Manolo Limón).
– Best Costume Design Nominee (Fernando García).
РBest Makeup and Hairstyles Nominee (Rafael Mora and Rub̩n Santos).

CEC Awards:
– Best Film Nominee.
– Best Director Nominee (Benito Zambrano).
– Best Actor Nominee (Luis Tosar).
– Best Supporting Actor Nominee (Luis Callejo).
– Best New Actor Nominee (Jaime López).
– Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee (Benito Zambrano, Pablo Remón and Daniel Remón).

Goya 2020 Awards:
– Best Adapted Screenplay Award (Benito Zambrano, Daniel Remón and Pablo Remón).
– Best Original Song Award (Javier Ruibal).
– Best Film Nominee.
– Best Supporting Actor Nominee (Luis Callejo).
– Best Productions Manager Nominee (Manolo Limón).

– Concha de Plata to best actress in the Cinema Festival of San Sebastián.
– 3 Goya Award of 9 nominations.

– 4 nominations to Goya Award, being winner of: best original music and best editing.
– Festival of Cannes (closing Un certain regard).
– Hohaiyan Music Film Festival (Taiwan).
– International Festival of Rio de Janeiro.
РFestival Cinespa̱a of Toulouse (France).
– Festival of Beauvais (France).
– Flanders International Film Festival (Belgium).
– Festival of Arras (France).
– First film “SOLAS”, 1999.
– Award of the Public in the Festival of Berlin.
– Opera Prima Award.
– Association of the Press of Andalucía´s Award.
– Bogart Award in the Festival of Vitoria.
– Award of the Public and best Opera Prima in the Festival of Huesca.
– Help to distribution Award in the Festival of Sttutgart.
– Ojo crítico Award of RNE.
– Award of the Public and best Opera Prima in the International Show of cinema in Ceara (Brasil).
– First Award Opera Prima in the Mostra of Valencia.
РRevelation Award in the programme El p̼blico of Canal Sur Radio.
– Ondas Award Best actress: María Galiana.
– First Award of male interpretation to Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa.
– First Award of male interpretation to María Galiana in the Tokio Festival.
– Best Film by cinematographic critics of Canal Plus.
– 10 nominations to Goya´s award and won: best original script, novel direction, best supporting actress, best actress and revelation actor.
– San Jordi´s Award for the best Opera prima.
– 1º Award Best Film and 1º Award of interpretation in the Festival of Brussels.
– Ola de Oro Award.
– Fotograma de plata for the Best Film.
– 7 awards by Círculo de Escritores cinematográficos de España: best film, best director, best actress.
– Best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best original script and revelation award.