Oliver Laxe

Oliver Laxe

Spain

Galicia, on the borders of Europe, is ambivalent and full of contrasts: at once sweet and rough, rainy and light. But above all mysterious. I tried to capture its extreme beauty, a beauty so intense and unpredictable that it knows no restraint.

This son of Galician immigrants was born in Paris in 1982. He earned a degree in Audiovisual Communications from Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University before going on to London where he joined hands with Enrique Aguilar to shoot the short film Y LAS CHIMENEAS DECIDIERON ESCAPAR (2006), selected at Gijon IFF and at the East End FF in London. In 2007 he moved to Tangiers where he made the short film SUENAN LAS TROMPETAS, AHORA VEO OTRA CARA and the medium-length film, PARIS #1, shown at IndieLisboa and other festivals. He was invited at the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2009 and he also works at the film workshop for underprivileged children Dao Byed. This activity is at the origin of his first feature film, YOU ALL ARE CAPTAINS, presented in the Official Selection at Mar del Plata and winner of the FIPRESCI award of the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2010. In 2016 he returned to Cannes with his second feature, MIMOSAS, which won the Nespresso Grand Prize at the Semaine de la Critique. His latest film FIRE WILL COME (2019) won the Jury Award in Un Certain Regard competition in Cannes.