SEMINCI | 62nd Edition | Honorary Golden Spikes | Luis Tosar


Luis Torsar (©La Diapo - Esteban de la Iglesia)

Luis Tosar (Lugo, 1971) made his debut at 23 years old as an actor in theater, short films, and television. He achieved notable popularity when he starred in TVG's series Mareas vivas [Spring Tides], which opened the doors to the world of cinema to him. In 1999 he worked for the first time under the direction of Icíar Bollaín in Flores de otro mundo [Flowers from Another World]. His performance in this film earned him a nomination for the Goya for Best New Actor, the first time in his career he received a Goya nomination.

In 2002, Fernando León de Aranoa directed him in Los lunes al sol [Mondays in the Sun], the film that helped him win the first of his three awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A year later, with one of his most acclaimed roles, that of an abusive man in Te doy mis ojos [Take My Eyes], again under the direction of Bollaín, he obtained the Goya for Best Leading Actor. He won that award again for Celda 211 [Cell 211], directed by Daniel Monzón.

His career has also taken him to participate in cinema on the other side of the Atlantic. Jim Jarmusch directed him in The Limits of Control, and he played the villain in the big screen adaptation of the classic television series Miami Vice, directed by Michael Mann. In recent years we have seen him in El desconocido [Retribution], directed by Dani de la Torre, Cien años de perdón [To Steal from a Thief], his reunion with director Daniel Calparsoro, and in the recreation of one of the most relevant war episodes in Spanish history: 1898: Los últimos de Filipinas [1898: Our Last Men in the Philippines], by Salvador Castro.

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