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Born in Barcelona, J.A. BAYONA (Directed by) grew up with a passion for film. He
studied directing at the Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya
After directing two short films, Mis Vacaciones and El hombre Esponja, Bayona
met screenwriter Sergio G. Sanchez, who gifted him with the script for The
Orphanage, which became his first feature as director. The Orphanage had its
world premiere at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival to a 10-minute standing ovation.
It was then released nationally in Spain, and its opening four-day box office
was the highest of the year and at the time the second-highest ever for a
The Orphanage was nominated for 14 Goya Awards, and it won seven including Best
New Director for Bayona.
His second feature film was The Impossible, which starred Naomi Watts, Ewan
McGregor and Tom Holland. It was based on the powerful true story of a family's
survival of the tragic Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. The Impossible grossed more
than $180 million at the worldwide box office and brought Watts Golden Globe,
Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations. Holland received honors
including an Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer. The Impossible won five Goya
Awards, including Best Director, and six GaudÃ Awards, including Best Director.
Bayona's most recent feature film as director was A Monster Calls, which starred
Lewis MacDougall along with Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson.
This visually spectacular and stunningly emotional drama was based on the
A Monster Calls won nine Goya Awards, including Best Director, and eight GaudÃ
Prior to making A Monster Calls, Bayona directed the first two episodes of
Showtime's series Penny Dreadful, which starred Eva Green and instantly
attracted a loyal following.
n 2013, Bayona was distinguished with the National Prize of Cinematography,
being the youngest person to receive this award. He recently received two other
awards: The Retrospective Award in the Festival of Malaga as well as CinemaCon's
International Filmmaker of the Year Award, which was presented to him by Frank
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