María Ripoll

She’s the director who has been the biggest hit at the box office in Spain. She studied at the American Film Institute in Los Ángeles. She was given a grant for her short film “Kill me later” at the Houston Film Festival. Her first feature film, “Twice upon a yesterday”, featuring Lena Heady, Douglas Hensall and Penélope Cruz won the audience award at the Sitges Festival and was nominated for Best New Director at the Goya Awards. “Tortilla Soup” broke all Latin American stereotypes and managed to get nine nominations at the American Latino Media Arts Awards. She has also directed the documentary films “Witness” and “Cromosoma 5”.

Upon her return to Spain, she filmed the thriller “Utopía” and “Tu vida en 65”, based on the play by Alberto Espinosa. With “Rastros de sándalo” she won the Gaudí Award and the audience award at the Montreal Festival. “Ahora o nunca”, featuring María Valverde and Dani Rovira, was the 2015 summer hit and made her the most successful director in Spain. Two weeks after its premiere, “No culpes al karma por lo que te pasa por gilipollas” reached the top of the most viewed films in Spain.