Julio Medem

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Julio Medem (born 21 October 1958) is a Spanish writer and film director. Medem was born in San Sebastián, Basque Country and showed an interest in movies since childhood, when he would take his father's Super 8 camera and shoot at night, while nobody was paying attention. After college graduation (where he earned degrees in Medicine and General Surgery) he worked as a film critic and later as a screenwriter, assistant director and editor. After a few shorts he directed his first full length feature, Vacas ('Cows') for which he won a Goya Award. After this film he directed The Red Squirrel and Earth, both receiving good reviews at Cannes. In his next movie, Lovers of the Arctic Circle, which has been compared to the works of Krzysztof Kieślowski, he explored circular narrative and a taste for minimalistic textures that he then overcame in his next film, Sex and Lucia, where the plot dissolves into a very lyrical eroticism. After this film he took a tangent from his style to direct and produce La pelota vasca ('The Basque Ball'), a documentary film about the political problems of the Basque Country, which caused a furor amongst Spain's right wing politicians. Following this, his film Caótica Ana debuted in 2007. Description above from the Wikipedia article Julio Medem, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Chaotic Ana (2007)

Ana, a teenager artist, is raised in Ibiza by her German father Klaus in a naturalist lifestyle. She meets Justine, who invites her to move to Madrid and get an artistic education and financial support. Ana befriends Linda, meets the problematic Said, a Saharawi ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Manuela Vellés  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  Bebe  •  Asier Newman

Ana, a teenager artist, is raised in Ibiza by her German father Klaus in a naturalist lifestyle. She meets Justine, who invites her to move to Madrid and get an artistic education and financial support. Ana befriends Linda, meets the problematic Said, a Saharawi ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Manuela Vellés  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  Bebe  •  Asier Newman

Sex and Lucía (2001)

Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Paz Vega  •  Tristán Ulloa  •  Najwa Nimri  •  Daniel Freire

Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Paz Vega  •  Tristán Ulloa  •  Najwa Nimri  •  Daniel Freire

The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone (2003)

An attempt to create a bridge between the different political positions that coexist, sometimes violently, in the Basque Country, in northern Spain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Julio Medem  •  Ione Hernández  •  Maider Oleaga  •  Alec Reid

An attempt to create a bridge between the different political positions that coexist, sometimes violently, in the Basque Country, in northern Spain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Julio Medem  •  Ione Hernández  •  Maider Oleaga  •  Alec Reid

Earth (1996)

Angel, an exterminator recently released from a mental hospital, comes to rid a small Spanish town of tiny grubs in the soil. The local wine-making industry has found these pests responsible for giving their product an "earthy" taste that has divided local opinion. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Carmelo Gómez  •  Emma Suárez  •  Karra Elejalde  •  Silke

Angel, an exterminator recently released from a mental hospital, comes to rid a small Spanish town of tiny grubs in the soil. The local wine-making industry has found these pests responsible for giving their product an "earthy" taste that has divided local opinion. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Carmelo Gómez  •  Emma Suárez  •  Karra Elejalde  •  Silke

The Red Squirrel (1993)

Jota is about to commit suicide. As he fighting against himself, trying to jump off a bridge, a girl riding a motorcycle falls off the bridge. He runs to help her, and goes with her to the hospital. She has forgotten even what her name is, and he invents her life. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Emma Suárez  •  Nancho Novo  •  María Barranco  •  Karra Elejalde

Jota is about to commit suicide. As he fighting against himself, trying to jump off a bridge, a girl riding a motorcycle falls off the bridge. He runs to help her, and goes with her to the hospital. She has forgotten even what her name is, and he invents her life. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Emma Suárez  •  Nancho Novo  •  María Barranco  •  Karra Elejalde

Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)

Otto and Ana are kids when they meet each other. Their names are palindromes. They meet by chance, people are related by chance. A story of circular lives, with circular names, and a circular place (Círculo polar) where the day never ends in the midnight sun. There ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Najwa Nimri  •  Fele Martínez  •  Joost Siedhoff  •  Peru Medem

Otto and Ana are kids when they meet each other. Their names are palindromes. They meet by chance, people are related by chance. A story of circular lives, with circular names, and a circular place (Círculo polar) where the day never ends in the midnight sun. There ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Najwa Nimri  •  Fele Martínez  •  Joost Siedhoff  •  Peru Medem

Airbag (1997)

Mommy's boy Juantxo is engaged. Dragged to the party by his friends Konradin and Paco, he loses his expensive wedding ring inside the body of a prostitute. Mafioso whorehouse owner Villambrosa finds the ring. Meanwhile Villambrosa's rival gangster Souza sends femme ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juanma Bajo Ulloa
CAST:  Fernando Guillén Cuervo  •  Karra Elejalde  •  Alberto San Juan  •  Karlos Arguiñano

Mommy's boy Juantxo is engaged. Dragged to the party by his friends Konradin and Paco, he loses his expensive wedding ring inside the body of a prostitute. Mafioso whorehouse owner Villambrosa finds the ring. Meanwhile Villambrosa's rival gangster Souza sends femme ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juanma Bajo Ulloa
CAST:  Fernando Guillén Cuervo  •  Karra Elejalde  •  Alberto San Juan  •  Karlos Arguiñano

7 Days in Havana (2012)

A young American boy is trying to break into the acting business, and goes to Cuba during a film festival.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Benicio del Toro  •  Gaspar Noé  •  Laurent Cantet  •  Julio Medem  •  Elia Suleiman  •  Juan Carlos Tabío  •  Pablo Trapero
CAST:  Josh Hutcherson  •  Daniel Brühl  •  Emir Kusturica  •  Melissa Rivera

A young American boy is trying to break into the acting business, and goes to Cuba during a film festival.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Benicio del Toro  •  Gaspar Noé  •  Laurent Cantet  •  Julio Medem  •  Elia Suleiman  •  Juan Carlos Tabío  •  Pablo Trapero
CAST:  Josh Hutcherson  •  Daniel Brühl  •  Emir Kusturica  •  Melissa Rivera

Room in Rome (2010)

Emotional

A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for Alba and Natasha, two young and recently acquainted women, to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Elena Anaya  •  Natasha Yarovenko  •  Enrico Lo Verso  •  Najwa Nimri

A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for Alba and Natasha, two young and recently acquainted women, to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Elena Anaya  •  Natasha Yarovenko  •  Enrico Lo Verso  •  Najwa Nimri

¡Hay motivo! (2004)

A multi-part feature on the governing body of Spain, the Popular Party under Jose María Aznar. Themes include the bombing of Iraq, immigration, U.S. fire in Baghdad, and the manipulation of the media.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juan Diego Botto  •  Mariano Barroso  •  David Trueba  •  Diego Galán  •  Gracia Querejeta  •  Isabel Coixet  •  Fernando Colomo  •  Julio Medem  •  Imanol Uribe  •  Icíar Bollaín  •  José Luis García Sánchez  •  Manuel Rivas  •  Pere Portabella  •  Sigfrid Monleón  •  Vicente Aranda  •  Joaquín Oristrell  •  Manuel Gómez Pereira  •  Chus Gutiérrez  •  José Luis Cuerda  •  Víctor García León  •  Pedro Olea  •  El Gran Wyoming  •  Yolanda García Serrano  •  Antonio José Betancor  •  Ana Díez  •  Daniel Cebrián  •  Álvaro del Amo  •  Bernardo Belzunegui  •  Miguel Ángel Díez  •  Mireia Lluch  •  Víctor Manuel  •  José Ángel Rebolledo  •  Alfonso Ungría  •  Pere Joan Ventura
CAST:  Candela Peña  •  José María Aznar  •  Críspulo Cabezas  •  Pilar Bardem

A multi-part feature on the governing body of Spain, the Popular Party under Jose María Aznar. Themes include the bombing of Iraq, immigration, U.S. fire in Baghdad, and the manipulation of the media.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juan Diego Botto  •  Mariano Barroso  •  David Trueba  •  Diego Galán  •  Gracia Querejeta  •  Isabel Coixet  •  Fernando Colomo  •  Julio Medem  •  Imanol Uribe  •  Icíar Bollaín  •  José Luis García Sánchez  •  Manuel Rivas  •  Pere Portabella  •  Sigfrid Monleón  •  Vicente Aranda  •  Joaquín Oristrell  •  Manuel Gómez Pereira  •  Chus Gutiérrez  •  José Luis Cuerda  •  Víctor García León  •  Pedro Olea  •  El Gran Wyoming  •  Yolanda García Serrano  •  Antonio José Betancor  •  Ana Díez  •  Daniel Cebrián  •  Álvaro del Amo  •  Bernardo Belzunegui  •  Miguel Ángel Díez  •  Mireia Lluch  •  Víctor Manuel  •  José Ángel Rebolledo  •  Alfonso Ungría  •  Pere Joan Ventura
CAST:  Candela Peña  •  José María Aznar  •  Críspulo Cabezas  •  Pilar Bardem

Cows (1992)

A film set in the Basque region, beginning in the Carlist war of 1875 and ending during the Spanish Civil war of 1936. The film portrays how one single act of cowardice shapes the life of the next three generations of two families and fuels the intense rivalry ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Emma Suárez  •  Carmelo Gómez  •  Ana Torrent  •  Karra Elejalde

A film set in the Basque region, beginning in the Carlist war of 1875 and ending during the Spanish Civil war of 1936. The film portrays how one single act of cowardice shapes the life of the next three generations of two families and fuels the intense rivalry ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Emma Suárez  •  Carmelo Gómez  •  Ana Torrent  •  Karra Elejalde

Kalebegiak (2016)

Twelve short films, twelve portraits of the city of San Sebastian.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gracia Querejeta  •  Daniel Calparsoro  •  Julio Medem  •  Imanol Uribe  •  Borja Cobeaga  •  Telmo Esnal  •  Asier Altuna  •  Luiso Berdejo  •  Izibene Oñederra  •  Isabel Herguera  •  Koldo Almandoz  •  Ekain Irigoien  •  Iñaki Camacho  •  Maria Elorza  •  Maider Fernandez Iriarte
CAST:  Marta Etura  •  Bárbara Goenaga  •  Miren Ibarguren  •  Kandido Uranga

Twelve short films, twelve portraits of the city of San Sebastian.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gracia Querejeta  •  Daniel Calparsoro  •  Julio Medem  •  Imanol Uribe  •  Borja Cobeaga  •  Telmo Esnal  •  Asier Altuna  •  Luiso Berdejo  •  Izibene Oñederra  •  Isabel Herguera  •  Koldo Almandoz  •  Ekain Irigoien  •  Iñaki Camacho  •  Maria Elorza  •  Maider Fernandez Iriarte
CAST:  Marta Etura  •  Bárbara Goenaga  •  Miren Ibarguren  •  Kandido Uranga

ma ma (2015)

After finding a lump in one of her breasts, Magda goes to visit her doctor who gives her bad news: she needs a mastectomy, preceded by severe chemo treatments. While she ponders this ill fortune at a soccer game where her son Dani participates, she attracts the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Luis Tosar  •  Alex Brendemühl  •  Silvia Abascal

After finding a lump in one of her breasts, Magda goes to visit her doctor who gives her bad news: she needs a mastectomy, preceded by severe chemo treatments. While she ponders this ill fortune at a soccer game where her son Dani participates, she attracts the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Luis Tosar  •  Alex Brendemühl  •  Silvia Abascal

The Pelota Player and the Fallera (2017)

Mar and Unai are two chefs who feel irresistibly attracted to each other but have opposite ways of understanding and enjoying cuisine. They decide to take a trip together from the Basque Country to Levante, traveling the geography of Spain, opening a culinary route ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Asier Etxeandia  •  Miriam Giovanelli

Mar and Unai are two chefs who feel irresistibly attracted to each other but have opposite ways of understanding and enjoying cuisine. They decide to take a trip together from the Basque Country to Levante, traveling the geography of Spain, opening a culinary route ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Asier Etxeandia  •  Miriam Giovanelli

The Tree of Blood (2018)

Marc and Rebeca, a young couple, travel to an old country house that used to belong to their family. Once there, they write the shared history of their roots, creating a huge family tree that harbours relationships of love, heartbreak, sex, madness, jealousy and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Álvaro Cervantes  •  Úrsula Corberó  •  Najwa Nimri  •  Patricia López Arnaiz

Marc and Rebeca, a young couple, travel to an old country house that used to belong to their family. Once there, they write the shared history of their roots, creating a huge family tree that harbours relationships of love, heartbreak, sex, madness, jealousy and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Álvaro Cervantes  •  Úrsula Corberó  •  Najwa Nimri  •  Patricia López Arnaiz

Head Over Heels (1985)

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Martín (1988)

The young Martín reluctantly spends the hot summer in Madrid with his parents, porters for a farm in the center of the city where they live. One day Julia arrives, an actress who comes to spend a few days in the vacated apartment of a friend  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Laura Bayonas  •  Emma Suárez  •  Juan Manuel Chumilla-Carbajosa  •  Raúl Fraire

The young Martín reluctantly spends the hot summer in Madrid with his parents, porters for a farm in the center of the city where they live. One day Julia arrives, an actress who comes to spend a few days in the vacated apartment of a friend  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Laura Bayonas  •  Emma Suárez  •  Juan Manuel Chumilla-Carbajosa  •  Raúl Fraire

Six on the Dot (1987)

To celebrate her 30th anniversary, Paula invites small Ignacio, a neighbor who lives two floors below.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Eneko Irizar  •  Nicola Beller  •  Kontxu Odriozola

To celebrate her 30th anniversary, Paula invites small Ignacio, a neighbor who lives two floors below.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julio Medem
CAST:  Eneko Irizar  •  Nicola Beller  •  Kontxu Odriozola

Arrebatados: recordando a Iván Zulueta (2010)

A portrait of the film director Iván Zulueta and his film Arrebato. It features contributions from friends and people who worked with him such as José Luis Borau, Pedro Almodóvar, Antonio Gasset and Julio Médem.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro González Bermúdez
CAST:  Pedro Almodóvar  •  José Luis Borau  •  Antonio Gasset  •  Julio Medem

A portrait of the film director Iván Zulueta and his film Arrebato. It features contributions from friends and people who worked with him such as José Luis Borau, Pedro Almodóvar, Antonio Gasset and Julio Médem.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro González Bermúdez
CAST:  Pedro Almodóvar  •  José Luis Borau  •  Antonio Gasset  •  Julio Medem