Juan Antonio Bayona

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Bayona.
Juan Antonio Bayona
J. A. Bayona portrait.JPG
Bayona in 2012
Born Juan Antonio García Bayona[1]
(1975-05-09) 9 May 1975 (age 41)
Barcelona, Spain
Occupation Film director, filmmaker, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 1999–present
Notable work The Orphanage, The Impossible
Awards Best New Director
Best Director

Juan Antonio García Bayona (born 9 May 1975), commonly known as J. A. Bayona, is a Spanish film director. In addition to directing television commercials and music videos, Bayona is best known for directing the 2007 horror film The Orphanage and the 2012 drama film The Impossible. He will direct the fifth installment of the Jurassic Park film series.

Life and career[edit]

Bayona was born in Barcelona, Spain. He grew up with a passion for films. This fervor first led him to become a journalist; later, it motivated him to study directing at the Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC).[2] During the 1993 Sitges Film Festival in Spain, Bayona met director Guillermo Del Toro, who was presenting his film Cronos.[3] After their initial conversations, Del Toro promised to aid Bayona in the future, were he ever in the position to do so.[3] Following his graduation from ESCAC, Bayona started his career directing commercials and pop videos for famous Spanish musical groups, including OBK, Nena Daconte, Hevia, Ella Baila Sola and Camela.[2][4] Bayona directed two short films My Holidays (Spanish: Mis Vacaciones) in 1999 and The Spongeman (Spanish: El Hombre Esponja) in 2002.[2]

In 2004, Bayona met Sergio G. Sánchez who was working on his short film 7337 and offered Bayona his script for The Orphanage.[5][6] In order to create the film as he wanted, Bayona had to double both the film's budget and the amount of filming time.[7] To accomplish this, Bayona received help from fellow film director Guillermo del Toro who offered to co-produce the film as soon as he learned about it.[7] The Orphanage (El orfanato) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 20 May 2007 and received a ten-minute ovation from the audience.[8] The Orphanage had a wide release in Spain on 11 October 2007 and was immensely successful in Spain after an $8.3 million four-day launch from 350 screens. The film was the second highest-grossing debut ever for a Spanish film and was the biggest opening of the year, making it even larger than the worldwide success of the Mexican-Spanish film Pan's Labyrinth.[8][9] The Orphanage earned Bayona the award for Best New Director at the 2008 Goya Awards in Spain.[10] Bayona was one of the many candidates to direct The Twilight Saga: Eclipse but was not chosen and not interested in making the film.[11]

In May 2009, Variety reported that Bayona would again work with screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez, on The Impossible, a film by Madrid-based Apaches Entertainment, Telecinco Cinema, and Spongeman, Bayona's own Barcelona-based label.[12][13] Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to The Impossible, which starred Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. The Impossible was based on a true story that took place during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.[13]

Bayona's next film is set to be A Monster Calls, a dark fantasy about a boy who learns lessons from a monster, based on the Patrick Ness children’s novel. Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson are in talks for the roles of the mother and the Monster's voice respectively.[14]

Future projects[edit]

Back in October 2008, Variety announced that Universal Studios had signed Bayona to direct Hater, an adaptation of British author David Moody's thriller novel about an epidemic of violence caused by regular people. The film will be written by Glen Mazzara and produced by Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Johnson.[12][15] It was announced on April 18, 2016 that he would direct the fifth installment to the Jurassic Park franchise.[16]


Year Title Awards
1999 My Holidays Short film
2002 The Spongeman Short film
2007 The Orphanage Goya Award for Best New Director
Goya Award for Best Adaptated Screenplay
Nominated – Goya Award for Best Film
2012 The Impossible Capri Awards for Best Director
Capri Awards for Best European Director
Gaudí Awards for Best Director
Gaudí Awards for Best European Film
Goya Award for Best Director
Nominated – Goya Award for Best Film
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Director
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Film
Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society for Best Film
2014 Penny Dreadful 2 episodes ("Night Work", "Séance")
2016 A Monster Calls
2018 Untitled Jurassic Park sequel


  1. ^ «De esconder que era de 'la Trini' pasé a sentir orgullo». elperiodico.com (16 October 2013)
  2. ^ a b c "Home > Program 2008 > Honorary Chairman & Guests > Juan Antonio Bayona". Osaka European Film Festival. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "The Orphanage – Juan Antonio Bayona interview". indieLondon. Retrieved 27 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Juan Antonio Bayona dirige el nuevo videoclip de OBK". Don Musica (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Quint interviews Juan Antonio Bayona and Sergio Sanchez about the nifty horror flick The Orphanage". Aintitcoolnews. 12 October 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "About the Screenplay". Picturehouse. Retrieved 27 October 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "About the Production". Picturehouse. Retrieved 27 October 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "'El Orfanato' left off Oscar shortlist". thinkSPAIN. 16 January 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2008. 
  9. ^ Conor Bresnan (17 October 2007). "Around the World Roundup: 'Ratatouille' Squashes Competitors". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 28 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "The Orphanage Awards". Allmovie. Retrieved 27 October 2008. 
  11. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (27 April 2009). "TOLDJA! Nikki Finke rewrites history". LA Times. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Hopewell, John (14 May 2009). "'Orphanage' duo to reunite". Variety. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  13. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (2 May 2010). "Summit Acquires Naomi Watts-Ewan McGregor Drama 'The Impossible'". Deadline. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  14. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/felicity-jones-to-star-in-juan-antonio-bayonas-a-monster-calls/
  15. ^ Fleming, Michael (9 October 2008). "Bayona to direct Universal's 'Hater'". Variety. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  16. ^ https://www.facebook.com/JurassicPark/photos/a.201423149902576.52889.170889472955944/1102230626488486/?type=3&theater

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