Icíar Bollaín made her directorial debut in 1996 with Hola, ¿estás sola? (Hi, Are You Alone?). Next came Flores de otro mundo (Flowers from Another World, 1999), award-winner at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Te doy mis ojos (Take My Eyes, 2003) harvested two Silver Shells in San Sebastian for its two main characters and seven Goyas, including Best Film. She competed again in San Sebastian with Mataharis (2007). In 2009, También la lluvia (Even the Rain) received 13 Goya nominations and the Panorama award at the Berlinale. In 2014, En tierra extraña (In a Foreign Land) was presented as a Special Screening at San Sebastian. El Olivo (The Olive Tree, 2015) garnered the Best New Actress Goya.
Arturo Infante was born in Havana. He studied screenwriting at the International School of Cinema and Television of San Antonio de Los Baños. He has written several feature-length screenplays for different directors, including for La edad de peseta, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Goya Awards. He is the director of the short films El televisor (01), El Intruso (05), Flash Forward (06), and Gozar, comer y partir (07). The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia (18) is his first feature film.
Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada are award-winning filmmakers whose work live on the borderlines of fiction and nonfiction. Their debut documentary film "You and Me" premiered at Visions du Réel and won several awards at Cartagena IFF, Trinidad & Tobago IFF, Havana IFF, among others. Their second documentary "Site of Sites" premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and was part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Neighboring Scenes Showcase. “Site of Sites” was listed as one of the 35 best Latin American Films of 2017 by Cinema Tropical. Graduates of the prestigious EICTV Cuban Film School, Natalia and Oriol found Faula Films in 2012 in order to provide a creative platform for the development and co-production of independent filmmaking in Dominican Republic. “Miriam Lies” is their first fiction film, coproduced with Spanish arthouse production company Mallerich Films Paco Poch.
Blanca Rosa Blanco was born in Havana. She graduated from the School of Performing Arts at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in 1995. During her time as a student at ISA, she worked under the direction of Vicente Revuelta, Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Roberto Blanco. Considered by some the “new face” of Cuban cinema, this prolific and successful actress has gone through the pages of Mauritius, has won the award skinny, played Habanastation and fled from the zombies in Juan of the Dead. In addition, she dedicates her time to teaching students in film.