Sebastián Cordero

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Sebastián Cordero
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Sebastián Cordero in 2014.
Born (1972-05-23) 23 May 1972 (age 42)
Quito, Ecuador
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, editor
Years active 1999–present

Sebastián Cordero (born 23 May 1972) is an Ecuadorian film director, screenwriter and editor, often recognized for his work in Ratas, Ratones, Rateros (1999), Crónicas (2004), and Europa Report (2013). His films have been exhibited in festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival among others.


Sebastián Cordero in 2014.

He first became interested in filmmaking when he saw Raiders of the Lost Ark at the age of 9. At the age of 18 he began his studies in film and script making in the University of Southern California. After his graduation he moved back to Ecuador with the idea of filmmaking in a country where there was practically no movie industry.

His first movie, Ratas, Ratones, Rateros (1999), which portrays the life in a poverty-stricken Ecuador, led to his first appearance at Venice Film Festival. It later appeared in film festivals such as Toronto, San Sebastián and Buenos Aires, and been recognized with awards and honors at Huelva and La Habana film festivals.

His second film, Crónicas, was recognized with the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award, and first appeared at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section in 2004,[1] and was nominated to the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. He was attached to direct the motion picture Manhunt that tells the story of what occurred in the lapse of the 48 hours that followed the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and was to star Harrison Ford. The project was later cancelled.

Rabia, his third film, was filmed in Spain. It is based on a novel from the writer Sergio Bizzio. His fourth film Pescador, filmed once again in Ecuador, was released in 2011.

Europa Report was Cordero's first full English language film.[2] The film was shot over the course of 18 days in Brooklyn in 2011.[3] Europa Report was officially launched with a screening at the Hayden Planetarium on August 1, 2013,[4] and was released on demand and in theaters a day later.[3]

He is currently starting development on his sixth film, "Such is Life in the Tropics".


  • Ratas, Ratones, Rateros (starring Carlos Valencia, first shown at the 1999 Venice Film Festival)
  • Crónicas (starring John Leguizamo, first shown at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival)
  • Rabia (starring Martina Garcia, first shown at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Pescador (starring Andrés Crespo and released in 2011)
  • Europa Report (about a space mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, debuted at the 2013 L.A. Film Festival)


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Crónicas". Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  2. ^ Hopewell, John (July 30, 2013). "‘Tropics,’ ‘Mountain,’ ‘Frost’ At Puentes". Variety. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Keegan, Rebecca (July 19, 2013). "Comic-Con: Modest ‘Europa Report’ gets San Diego’s biggest stage". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Kramer, Miriam (1 August 2013). "Sci-Fi Film 'Europa Report' Launches in New York City Tonight". Retrieved 3 August 2013. 

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