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LUIS MANDOKI (Director), a native of Mexico, began his career as a student successively at the San Francisco Art Institute, the London International Film School and the London College School of Film.

Following several award-winning short films, Motel marked his directorial feature film debut. Mandoki received international acclaim (and actress Norma Aleandro received an Academy Award nomination) for Gaby, A True Story, a poignant study of a woman suffering with cerebral palsy and her remarkable relationship with her caretaker (Aleandro); Mandoki also wrote and produced the film. His first American film was White Palace, starring Susan Sarandon and James Spader. He next directed the Garson Kanin classic Born Yesterday, with Melanie Griffith, John Goodman and Don Johnson. He most recently directed When a Man Loves a Woman, a drama about a marriage between an alcoholic and her caring husband, which starred Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia.

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