F. Javier Gutiérrez

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F. Javier Gutierrez
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F. Javier Gutiérrez filming Before the Fall (aka 3 Días)
Born Francisco Javier Gutiérrez
Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain

Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Díaz or simply F. Javier Gutiérrez is a Spanish film director, producer and writer. He is well known for his works like the short films Brazil and Norman's Room, and his feature film debut Before the Fall.

Biography[edit]

F. Javier Gutiérrez was born in Córdoba, Spain. While attending Law School, he also studied acting and produced his first short films. In 2001, he founded his own film production company. With Brasil (Best Short Film in Sitges International Film Festival and Nominated for the European Golden Melies), he entered his first international festivals where he was quickly identified as a director with a distinct personal style.

Filmography[edit]

In 2001, Gutiérrez created his own production company aiming to make films with an international reach. In 2002, he was invited by TVE program “Versión Española” to direct a piece for the series Diminutos del Calvario II. News of Gutiérrez’s La habitacion de Norman (Norman's Room), a claustrophobic tribute to Psycho, was published by film industry magazines in the United States. In the same year, he won the Universal Studios award and visited Los Angeles for the first time. In 2007, Gutiérrez received an offer from Antonio Banderas and Antonio Pérez to direct his first feature film, Before the Fall (2008) which entered the official section “Special Panorama” at the Berlin Film Festival. In the last years, Gutierrez has been attached to direct several projects including James Wan's Demonic (2015) (Gutierrez was finally credited as co-producer) and the sci-fi project The Greys (Gutierrez is still attached as executive producer) produced by Dimension Films. Gutierrez has been working for the last two years on the reboot of the 90's cult movie The Crow based on James O'Barr's comic book and produced by Relativity Media and Edward R. Pressman. But in June 2014, Gutierrez signed on to the direct the next installment of The Ring franchise, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, for Paramount Pictures, that made him unavailable to helm The Crow. According to Deadline.com, Gutierrez will stay on board The Crow as executive producer.[1]

Before the Fall[edit]

Before the Fall (aka 3 Días) is Gutiérrez’s first feature film. During its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, the public booed and applauded equally. The controversy grew among the critics when Rebecca Davies from The Daily Telegraph praised the films as one of the best in the festival because

“It proves that films about armageddic meteorites crashing into the Earth can be both intelligent and moving. Deep Impact it ain't.[2]

Whereas Jay Weissberg from Variety attacked the film because of its violence, labeling it as unpleasant and inappropriate

"College-age males may get a kick, but survival chances outside Spain are slim.[3]"

However, before its Spanish premiere at the Malaga Film Festival, the film had already been sold for distribution in several countries, including Japan, and two offers had been received for a remake in English (including one from Wes Craven).

In 2008, Before the Fall became a buzz in Europe. In Spain, the film won the main awards in the most prestigious Spanish film festival, the 2008 Malaga Film Festival (including Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay), the Miradas Award (TVE) for the Best Motion Picture of the Year and several awards and nominations in the Actors Guild of Spain and the Spain Critics Awards. On the other hand, in Europe, the film was finalist for the 2008 European Film Awards and won the main prizes in some of the most prestigious Science-Fiction and Fantasy Film Festivals including the Silver Melies for the Best European Film in Imagine (Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival) and the ScreamFest Crystal Skull Award for the Best Director in Los Angeles.

In 2009, Before the Fall was included in third place in the 2008 Hollywood International Watch List.

Rings[edit]

Third installment of "The Ring" franchise. Much contrary to earlier reports, according to several US magazines the director F. Javier Gutierrez confirmed via his official Twitter account [4]" that the new movie is a sequel and not a prequel. "Rings" is produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, for Paramount Pictures.

Filmography[edit]

  • Brazil (2002) - Director, writer, producer, editor
  • Norman's Room (2002) - Director, writer, editor
  • Before the Fall (2008) - Director, writer
  • Demonic (2015) - Co-producer
  • Rings (2016) - Director
  • The Crow (2016) - Executive Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ the latest press release
  2. ^ The best (and worst) of the Berlin Film Festival : February 2008 : Reel Life : Arts : Telegraph Blogs
  3. ^ Before the Fall Movie Review From The Berlin Film Festival
  4. ^ F. Javier Gutierrez's Official Twitter