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Directed by Alejandro Amenábar
Produced by Emiliano Otegui
José Luis Cuerda
Written by Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil
Starring Fele Martínez
Eduardo Noriega
Ana Torrent
Music by Alejandro Amenábar
Cinematography Hans Burman
Edited by María Elena Sáinz de Rozas
Release dates
Running time
125 min, (Mexico: 118 min)
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Budget Pts116,000,000

Tesis (Thesis) is a 1996 Spanish film. It is the feature debut of director Alejandro Amenábar, and was written by him and Mateo Gil. The movie won seven 1996 Goya Awards (and was nominated for an eighth), including the award for Best Film. It stars Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez and Eduardo Noriega.


Ángela is writing a thesis on audiovisual violence with the help of her thesis director. After finding a movie on the topic and watching it, he turns up dead.

Ángela will let her classmate Chema take part on her personal investigation. Both of them decide to take the movie home and watch it. The drama will start when they discover it is a snuff-movie in which a girl is tortured and killed. The doors of a new audiovisual world open up in front of them and along with this new opportunity, arrives the risk of becoming the main character of the next snuff-movie.

Production notes[edit]

The film was shot quickly, in five and a half weeks, preceded by a month of rehearsals, on a very low budget: Pts116 million - equal to about 696,000.

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