Born in Madrid in 1967, director, screenwriter and actress, Icíar Bollaín started out as an actress at age 15 under the direction of Víctor Erice in The South (1983). In 1991, she founded Producciones La Iguana to develop her own directorial projects. Hi, Are You Alone? (1995) was her first feature film, followed by Flowers from Another World (1999), Take My Eyes (2003), Mataharis (2007), Even the Rain (2010), with screenplay by Paul Laverty, and Kathmandu Lullaby (2011). The filmmaker tried her hand at the documentary genre with In a Foreign Land (2014), before returning to fiction with The Olive Tree (2016). Two years later, she released Yuli (2018), and in 2020, she directed Candela Peña in Rosa’s Wedding. Founder of the Association for Women in Film Making and Audiovisual Media (CIMA), she is one of a selection of female Spanish directors who has successfully brought together audience intimacy with a unique style that combines sensitivity and elegance.