Born in 1949, in Olleta, Spain. Graduated in electronics and worked in the field as a professor until 1982. In 1999 he cofounded Oria Films production.
Short films: Barregarriaren Dantza (1979), Ikusmena (1980), and Ikuska (1981). His first feature, Tasio (1984), awarded a Silver Seashell at San Sebastian for direction, started a career dominated by writer-director pictures of international renown.
He continued with social issues in the movies 27 Hours (1986), Letters from Alou (1990) – Golden Seashell at San Sebastian, Stories from the Kronen (1995) – screened at Cannes, and Secrets of the Heart (1997) – Blue Angel at the Berlinale for Best European Film, nominated for an Oscar. (Karlovy Vary Film Festival)