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Julio Medem

Julio Medem
Born Julio Medem Lafont Sanjuán Mendizabal
(1958-10-21) 21 October 1958
San Sebastián, Spain
Occupation Filmmaker

Julio Medem Lafont Sanjuán Mendizabal (born 21 October 1958) is a Spanish writer and film director.


  • Biography 1
  • Filmography as director 2
    • Feature films 2.1
      • Narrative films 2.1.1
      • Documentary film 2.1.2
    • Short and medium-length films 2.2
      • Super 8 2.2.1
      • 35 mm 2.2.2
      • DV 2.2.3
      • Music video 2.2.4
      • Commercials 2.2.5
  • Notes 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5


Medem was born on 21 October 1958 in San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain and showed an interest in movies since childhood, when he would take his father's Super 8 camera and shoot at night, while nobody was paying attention. After college graduation (where he earned degrees in Medicine and General Surgery) he worked as a film critic and later as a screenwriter, assistant director and editor. After a few shorts he directed his first full length feature, Vacas ('Cows') for which he won a Goya Award.

After this film he directed The Red Squirrel and Earth, both receiving good reviews at Cannes. In his next movie, Lovers of the Arctic Circle, which has been compared to the works of Krzysztof Kieślowski, he explored circular narrative and a taste for minimalistic textures that he then overcame in his next film, Sex and Lucia, where the plot dissolves into a very lyrical eroticism. After this film he took a tangent from his style to direct and produce La pelota vasca ('The Basque Ball'), a documentary film about the political problems of the Basque Country, which caused a furor amongst victims of terrorism. Following this, his film Caótica Ana debuted in 2007.

Filmography as director

Feature films

Narrative films

Documentary film

Short and medium-length films


Super 8

  • El ciego (The Blind, 1974)
  • El jueves pasado (Last Thursday, 1977)
  • Fideos (Noodles, 1979)
  • Si yo fuera poeta... (If I Were a Poet, 1981)
  • Teatro en Soria (Theatre in Soria, 1982)

35 mm

  • Patas en la cabeza (Nutty As a Fruitcake, 1985)
  • Las seis en punta (Six on the Dot, 1987)
  • Martín (commissioned by TVE for their Siete huellas, siete [Seven Tracks, Seven] series of short films, 1988)
  • El Diario Vasco (The Basque Daily, 1989)


  • Asi se hizo "Airbag" (making of Juanma Bajo Ulloa's film Airbag, 1997)
  • Clecla (commissioned by, 2001)
  • La pelota vasca (segment of ¡Hay motivo! [There Is Reason!], 2003)
  • En las ramas de Ana (In Ana's Branches, commissioned by Fotogramas and Nokia for their N_ature movies series of short films, 2007)
  • Concha (Mussel, video installation commissioned by Acciona and shown at Expo 2008, 2008)

Music video

  • "Océano de sol" for Antonio Vega (1994)



  • Runner for Audi's Attitudes campaign (agency: El Sindicato, 1999/2000)[3]
  • Soplo/Tendedero (Waft/Clothesline) and Mediterraneo (Mediterranean) for Balay (agency: FCB Tapsa, 2002)
  • Vecina (Neighbour) and Brazalete (Bracelet) for Heineken (agency: Dayax, 2003)


  1. ^ As they were never distributed in English speaking countries, Medem's short and medium-length films don't have official English language titles. In this section the original Spanish language titles have been translated into English for clarity's sake.
  2. ^ Medem's commercial work can be watched on the internet site of production company Ovideo.
  3. ^ Hunter, Sandy (June 1, 2006). "Manifesto Destiny". Boards. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 

Further reading

  • Stone, Rob: Julio Medem. Manchester 2007 (Spanish and Latin American Filmmakers)
  • Evans, Jo: Julio Medem. London 2007 (Critical Guides to Spanish & Latin American Texts and Films; 71)
  • Angulo, Jesús/Rebordinos, José Luis: Contra la certeza: El cine de Julio Medem. San Sebastián/Huesca 2005
  • Ituarte Pérez, Leire: El imaginario posmoderno de la feminidad en la filmografía de Juanma Bajo Ulloa y Julio Medem. Bilbao 2007 (Tesis doctorales)
  • Bochnig, Julia: ''Von der großen Sehnsucht zu fliehen": Die Filme von Julio Medem. Remscheid 2005 (Filmstudien; 37)
  • Strigl, Sandra: Traumreisende: Eine narratologische Studie der Filme von Ingmar Bergman, André Téchiné und Julio Medem. Bielefeld 2007
  • Rodriguez, Marie-Soledad (ed.): Le cinéma de Julio Medem. Paris 2008
  • Falcioni, Davide: L'immagine eccessiva: Julio Medem e il suo universo magico. Bellocchi di Fano 2004 (Quaderni del Fano International Film Festival/Papermoon; 2)

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