Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (2002)
Born (1967-12-05) 5 December 1967 (age 52)
OccupationDirector, producer, writer
Years active1986–present

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (born 5 December 1967) is a Spanish film director, script writer, and producer. He directed Intacto and 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later. His film Esposados was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1996.


Early life[edit]

Fresnadillo was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. In 1977, at the age of nine, he witnessed the aftermath of the Tenerife airport disaster, which in part inspired his 2001 film Intacto.[1] In 1985, Fresnadillo moved to Madrid.

Movie career[edit]

He started out in photography and cinema studies and then began his career in short films. In 1987 he set up a production company which produced several short films and commercials.[2] Fresnadillo went on to become a production assistant for Gustavo Fuertes' short film El juicio final (1991) (U.S. title The Final Judgement).

In 1996 he made his directorial debut with the black-and-white short film Esposados (U.S. title: Linked), for which he was also the executive producer. This black comedy tells the story of a couple who are constantly fighting over money; when they find themselves winning the Christmas lottery, however, they have such different ideas about what to do next that the husband tries to get rid of his wife. Esposados won 40 national and international awards.[2] It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film in the same year, making Fresnadillo an overnight star in Spain.

In 2000 he received a Goya Award for Best Short Film. In 2002 he directed his first full-length picture, the thriller Intacto. The film received several awards, most notably two 2002 Goya Awards (one of them for Fresnadillo in the category of Best New Director) and six further Goya nominations.

Fresnadillo then completed the 3-minute black-and-white picture Psicotaxi (2002), starring and portraying Alejandro Jodorowsky.

In 2006 he directed 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Danny Boyle's 2002 film 28 Days Later.

On 7 April 2011 it was announced that he would be directing and co-writing the screenplay for the remake of The Crow.[3] In October 2011 news broke that Fresnadillo was no longer attached to the Crow remake.[4]

On 25 August 2014 Variety reported that Fresnadillo was in talks to develop and possibly direct a thriller titled “The Last Witness” about the lone survivor of a bomb attack in Boston.[5]



Year Title Director Writer Notes
2001 Intacto Yes Yes International English title Intact
2007 28 Weeks Later Yes Yes
2011 Intruders Yes No
TBA The Sword in the Stone Yes No Pre-production


Year Title Director Executive
2016 Falling Water Yes Yes Episode "Don't Tell Bill"
2017 Salvation Yes Yes Episode "Pilot"

Short film

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1992 El juicio final No No Yes Production assistant
1996 Esposados Yes Yes Executive U.S. title Linked
2002 Psicotaxi Yes No No

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gonzalez, Ed. "Intacto". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Filmbug.
  3. ^ "Hacked by ice-cream". 4 March 2016. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  4. ^ By MrDisgusting on October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14). "'The Crow' Dying, No Actor or Director Attached..." Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  5. ^ "'28 Weeks Later' Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo in Talks for Thriller 'Last Witness'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-05.

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