JUAN SOLANAS (Writer/Director) was born on November 4, 1966 in Buenos Aires. In 1977, political upheaval in Argentina obliges the Solanas Family to seek exile in France. Juan Solanas studies Art History and philosophy in Paris. In addition to this university studies, he develops a passion for photography.
His first work is immediately noticed. His father being a filmmaker, Juan Solanas mixes with the world of cinema from an early age. His passion for photography naturally leads him onto films sets. He assists Felix Monti, a well-known Argentinian Director of Photography, then works as Grader and finally as Director of Photography for his father, Fernando E. Solanas (Directing Prize for Le Sud, Cannes Film Festival, 1988).
Through numerous commercials and music videos (Obispo, Faudel, Blankass, etc.), Juan Solanas has demonstrated his talent as a director for the past 15 years.
In 2000, Juan Solanas has written, directed and coproduced his first short film L'homme sans tete (The Man Without a Head). This ambitious film has been selected at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and received from Emir Kusturica's hands, the Jury Prize, awarded by unanimity. It was the only French movie to won a price this year. He also receives the Best Short Film Prize Cesars 2004 as The Special Jury Prize at Imagina 2004. The film has also been selected in about a hundred festivals and continues to receive prizes all around the world.
After that Juan Solanas has written, directed and coproduced Nordeste (2005), his first feature film with Carole Bouquet and Aymara Rovera. This movie filmed in Argentina was presented in Cannes Selection Officielle Un Certain Regard 2005 and won the Best Film and Best Actress Prize in the Stockholm Film Festival 2005.
Juan Solanas also coproduced two young Argentinian directors' films: La Leon by Santiago Otheguy (2007) and Por tus Propios ojos by Liliana Paolinelli (2006).
Upside Down is his second feature film as a director which he also wrote.
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