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Esther García

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Esther García, a feisty woman,” such is the title of the profile published in September, 2018 by the prestigious Spanish journal El País, after the public announcement of her name as the recepient of the National Cinematography Award, which crowns a trajectory of intense work, risk and imagination as rarely seen in the film universe.

Born in 1956 in Cedillo de la Torre, Segovia, Esther García is undoubtedly one of the most beloved, respected and acknowledged people in the Spanish seventh art. Her character and immense working capacity have made her an outstanding and resolute producer with a trajectory of over 30 years in the national and international scene.

Her arrival in the industry takes place when she is 19 and is hired as a production assistant for the film Pim, pam, pum....fuego!, by Pedro Olea. In a period when the film industry kept women to areas like make up, costumes and decoration.

Esther García made her debut in 1976 as the production director for the series Curro Jiménez, and later as a production assisstant and production chief in various projects with directors like Fernando Trueba, Mariano Ozores, Gonzalo Suárez, Emilio Martínez Lázaro and Fernando Colomo.

Her professional career gives a major leap in 1986 when she joins El Deseo, the Almodóvar Brothers’ production company where she begins to produce on a regular basis the movies that Pedro directed, from Matador to Dolor y gloria (2019).

In addition to all of Almodóvar’s films, she has also been the production director of El espinazo del diablo (2001), by Guillermo del Toro; Acción mutante (1993), by Álex de la Iglesia; La fiebre del loco (2001), by Andrés Wood; and Eyengui, El dios del sueño (2003), directed by José Manual Novoa.

With more than 90 films produced along her career, Esther García has obtained important awards; among these, four Goyas stand out: three as a production director for Acción mutante, Todo sobre mi madre and La vida secreta de las palabras, and another as producer for Volver.

A member of the Filmmakers Women Directors (CIMA), Esther García has also excelled for being an egalitarianism advocate, as per demonstrated in 2014 when she joined more than 80 Spanish filmmakers to make a documentary about the Freedom Train (Tren de la libertad) a march organized in Spain to demand that the abortion law remains updated.