Julio Medem is one of the most respected and strong voices in Spanish cinema. In the mid-'70s he taught himself about cinematography, experimenting with a Super-8 camera. The result was a series of short films, beginning with the Hitchcockian El Ciego (The Blind Man) (1976). In 1986 Medem directed "Patas en la Cabeza," a 35MM short that won an award in the international Festival of Bilbao. In 1987, after winning the Telenorte prize for another short movie, "Las seis en Punta", he decided to become a professional filmmaker.
"Vacas"(1992) was brilliantly received and won him the Goya Award from the Spanish academy for best new director. "Tierra," released in 1996, was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. In 1998 Medem released "Los Amantes del Circulo Polar," worldwide. This film has been considered one of his best works by his fans. In 2001 his fourth movie, "Lucia y el Sexo," became a huge hit and began the career of actress Paz Vega who won the Goya for best new actress. “Ma Ma”(2015) starring Penelope Cruz, is receiving rave reviews across the globe and rejoicing over Penelope’s astonishing interpretation of a woman surviving from breast cancer. Critics have hailed Medem's craftsmanship and ability to marry the right images with his near mythic story lines.