Benito Zambrano was born in Lebrija in 1965. After studying dramatic arts in Seville for three years and also working for television, he decided to go for film making and received a scholarship to study in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba. He graduated as script writer y director, and filmed his first shorts. When he got back, and after a tough search of funding, he shot his first feature film, Solas (1999), an austere film debut which changed his life after receiving several Goya Awards –among them, the Best New Director and Best Original Script awards–. The film became a hit among audiences. Then came Padre coraje (2002), a whole success and an experience for its producer, and later on came Habana Blues (2005). Zambrano has again triumphed in different festivals and has powered his actors to stardom in 2011, with La voz dormida.
(Source: Festival de Cine Europeo de Sevilla)