Rodrigo Cortés

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cortés and the second or maternal family name is Giráldez.
Rodrigo Cortés
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Rodrigo Cortés
Born Rodrigo Cortés Giráldez
(1973-05-31) May 31, 1973 (age 43)
Pazos Hermos, Ourense, Galicia, Spain
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, actor

Rodrigo Cortés Giráldez (born May 31, 1973) is a Spanish film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, and occasional actor.[1] He directed the 2010 psychological thriller Buried.

Early life[edit]

Cortés was born in Pazos Hermos, Ourense, Galicia, Spain.


Cortés's fondness for film making started at an early stage. At 16 he had already directed his first short film in Super 8. In 1998 he directed the short Yul that won over 20 awards and in 2001 he released 15 Days, a fake documentary in the form of a large short film that earned over 57 awards at festivals, becoming the most awarded Spanish short film of the time.

In 2007 he directed The Contestant (Concursante in Spanish), his first feature film that was released with critical applause and earned several awards, including the Critic's prize at Málaga Film Festival.[2] He directed and edited the 2010 thriller Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and has received considerable acclaim.[3]

As of September 2012, Cortés's most recent film is Red Lights, a film that features performances from Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy.[4] Red Lights was released in the United States in July 2012.


In a 2012 interview, following the release of Red Lights, Cortés explained his perspective on independent filmmaking in an online interview:

... I don’t believe in indie or studio as labels. As an audience member, what I want is to hear strong voices and clear personalities and to feel challenged; not to feel reaffirmed on my own decisions or whatever... it’s never about where you shoot. It’s about what and about how. I mean that. This is not a pro-Hollywood or anti-Hollywood position. I learned to love cinema via the studio movies and of course Scorsese films, Spielberg films, and Hitchcock. All of them did studio pictures with very strong voices. It’s about finding this margin of expressing and exploring the things that touch your sensitive points.[5]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
1998 Yul Yes Yes Yes Short film
2000 15 días Yes Yes Yes Short film
2001 Diminutos del calvario Yes Yes "Dentro" segment
2002 Los 150 metros de Callao Yes Yes Yes Short film
2007 Dirt Devil Yes Yes Yes Short film
The Contestant Yes Yes
2010 Buried Yes Yes
2011 Apartment 143 (Emergo) Yes Yes
2012 Red Lights Yes Yes Yes
2013 Por activa y por pasiva Yes Yes Yes Short film
Grand Piano Yes
2014 1:58 Yes Yes Short film
2017 Down a Dark Hall Yes


  1. ^ Emma Brown (July 2012). "RODRIGO CORTÉS PUTS ON THE RED LIGHTS". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
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  3. ^ "Buried (2010)". Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ "De Niro, Weaver to Star in "Red Lights"". Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ Nigel M Smith (9 July 2012). "'Red Lights' Writer/Director Rodrigo Cortes On Following Up 'Buried' and Indie Vs. Studio Fare". A SnagFilms Co. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 

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