Alfonso Arau


Alfonso Arau has had a long and fruitful career both in front of and behind the camera and is one of the most prominent filmmakers of the Latino community in Hollywood. He was a drama disciple of Seki Sano–a Japanese teacher, classmate of Lee Strasberg with Konstantin Stanislavski in Russia–and traveled the world from 1964 to 1968 with his one-man show, “Pantomime Happy Madness”, after studying with Etienne Decroux and Jacques Lecoq in Paris. A renowned writer-producer-director-actor in theater and films for more than 20 years, in 1969 he directed his first feature film, El águila descalza (1971), in which he also starred. He has directed many films in Mexico, among them Calzonzín inspector (1974) and Mojado Power (1981). He has received six Arieles–the Mexican equivalent of the Oscar–and numerous international film awards. Arau has acted in a number of Mexican and Hollywood films, including The Wild Bunch – Sie kannten kein Gesetz (1969), El Topo (1970), Mojado Power (1981), Mit einem Bein im Kittchen (1980), Auf der Jagd nach dem grünen Diamanten (1984), Drei Amigos! (1986) and Committed – Einmal 7. Himmel und zurück (2000). In addition to Bittersüße Schokolade (1992), his directing credits include Dem Himmel so nah (1995) with Keanu Reeves and Picking up the Pieces – Ich habe doch nur meine Frau zerlegt (2000) with Woody Allen. For television he has done The Magnificent Ambersons (2002), based on the script of Orson Welles’ film version (Der Glanz des Hauses Amberson (1942)) and the novel by Booth Tarkington.


Movie Name Release Date
Coco – Lebendiger als das Leben 30. November 2017