J.A. Bayona

Juan Antonio Bayona (Barcelona, 1975°), that’s the Spanish Spielberg! In 1993, his career takes a big turn at the Sitges Festival. It’s there, at the age of 19, that he meets Guillermo Del Toro after the screening of PAN’S LABYRINTH. The grandmaster of Mexican genre cinema immediately senses this young man’s talent and promises to help him. Guess who produced his debut feature 14 years later? Thanks to his mentor, Bayona releases THE ORPHANAGE, a big budget horror film that wins no less than 7 Goya Awards. Thanks to this success, the gates open to an international career where he scores with emotionally crushing disaster films (THE IMPOSSIBLE), heartbreaking fantasy (A MONSTER CALLS) and trampling dinosaurs (JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM), so far his biggest blockbuster.