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Julio Medem Lafont Sanjuán Mendizabal

(1958-10-21) 21 October 1958 (age 61)
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Julio Medem Lafont Sanjuán Mendizabal (born 21 October 1958) is a Spanish screenwriter and film director. [1]



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 film, Lovers of the Arctic Circle , which has been compared to the works of Krzysztof Kieślowski,[ citation needed ] his next film was Sex and Lucia . [2] After this film he directed and produced 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 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 notodofilmfest.com, 2001)
  • La pelota vasca (segment of ¡Hay motivo! [There Is Reason!], 2003)
  • En las ramas de Ana (In Ana's Branches, commissioned by es: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. Rivera, Alfonso (March 22, 2010). "Interview: Julio Medem". Cineuropa.org. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
  2. Mitchell, Elvis (July 12, 2002). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'Sex and Lucía'". The New York Times .
  3. Hunter, Sandy (June 1, 2006). "Manifesto Destiny". Boards. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2009.

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