Chus Gutiérrez was born in Granada in 1962. Her family moved to Madrid when she was 8 years old. She left home at the age of 17 to study English in London. On her return to Spain, she happened to start working in the field of audiovisuals. In 1983, she decides to undertake film studies in New York.
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK AND SHORT FILMS
During her first year, Chus takes part in a course in Global Village where she meets her teacher and inspirer Fred Barney Taylor who organizes a super 8 course in his home which she also takes part in. From this moment onwards, Chus starts to shoot her first short films in super 8: PORRO ON THE ROOF (1984), SNIKERS OF FIRE and TROPICANA .
MERRY GO ROUND is her first professional short film based on an original story of a comic character created by Toni Mena and Juan Bas.
She also takes part in the making of numerous short films working in production and sound. In 1985, she joins City College where she will study cinema.
Together with Blanca Li, Montse Martínez, Cristina Hernandez, Etienne Li, Tao Gutiérrez and whoever else wishes to join, she forms a rock band in New York. They perform in various places in town and prove very successful. At its very start, Xoxonees was hugely anarchist and fresh and, as the band itself stated, their music was a mixture between flamenco and rap.
RETURN TO SPAIN AND MORE SHORT FILMS
In 1987, Chus returns to Spain and meets Joaquín Jordá. They will become very close friends which will lead them to work together on a variety of projects. Joaquín will translate her first script, SUBLET. In 1989, Chus takes part in EL ENCARGO DEL CAZADOR as direction assistant and in 1984, Joaquín works as a script co-writer for the film ALMA GITANA.
During these years, Chus also produces two other short films LA CINTA DORADA (1987) and PEZDRO (1988).
Back in Spain, she continues with the music band XOXONEES which will record and release one album only. The group finally separates on the 31st December 1989.
Thanks to producers Fernando Trueba and Cristina Huete, she is able to shoot her first feature film: SUBLET. Together with Iciar Bollain (main actress) and Angelica Huete (production), Juan Molina (director of photography) and Jaime Botella (direction assistant), she goes to New York to embark on this exciting adventure.
SUBLET was awarded the Caracola de Oro prize at the Alcances Cinema Festival of Cadiz. Awarded a prize at the Jove Cinema Festival in 1992. Nominated to the Goya as Best Novice Film Director. AWARDED Best Novice Director’s PRIZE by the CÍRCULO DE ESCRITORES CINEMATOGRÁFICOS.
ACTRESS IN SHORT FILMS
Not only does Chus work as a film director, but she also takes part in films as an actress which she has done in various short films:
Baja Corazón (1992) by Icíar Bollaín
Intrusos II (1993) by Arantxa Vela
Los amigos del Muerto (1993) by Icíar Bollaín
Following SUBLET, and having overcome the incertainty of the forever precarious film industry, Chus decides to produce a low cost film titled SEXO ORAL (1994). What was initially a dream became a fresh and entertaining film in which everyone talks about sex. Despite great financial difficulties and thanks to the participation of Emilio Martínez Lázaro and Carmelo Espinosa as co-producers, SEXO ORAL is released in 1994.
PRODUCTION OF SHORT FILMS
With the participation of MUAC FILMS, a production agency set up in 1992 and Pizca Gutiérrez as partner and producer, Chus Gutiérrez produces various short films directed by co-workers and friends:
Mejor No Hables (1994) by Pedro Paz
Habitos (1995) by Juan Flahn
Todo, Todo, Todo, Todo (1997) by Juan Flahn
Miranda hacia atrás(1997) by Pedro Paz
Completo Comfort (1997) by Juan Flahn
Chus who was initially asked to direct the film ALMA GITANA, produced by Antonio Conesa and Juan Vicente Córdoba, later became determined to show the interracial world of Madrid’s area of Lavapies. The music band Ketama composed part of the sound track of Chus Gutierrez’ s third film.
In 1997, she directs, together with Boca a Boca, her fourth feature film with Cristina Marcos, Candela Peña, Ernesto Alterio, Fele Martinez, Gines Garcia and Maria Pujalte. Insomnio narrates three intertwined stories about men and women from today who attempt to overcome their fears and fight for their dreams.
ELLAS SON ASÍ
Following a significant emotional and personal crisis, Ana Huete decides to contact Chus Gutiérrez to work on the TV series ELLAS SON ASI, produced by Tele 5 and played by Maribel Verdú, María Barranco, Neus Asensi and María Adanezy. This is her first participation as a director in the world of television. She had previously worked as a script writer in the series CANGUROS.
AWARDED THE MERIDIANA PRIZE BY THE WOMEN'S ANDALUSIAN INSTITUTE
This same year, Chus is awarded the Meridiana Prize by the Women’s Andalusian Institute for the series ELLAS SON ASÍ.
This is a film about a woman’s feeling of uprooting upon her return to her homeland where she lived as a child. Shot in the province of Almeria, PONIENTE is a story about the wind, love, differences and indifference.
FESTIVAL OF VENICE, official section in CONTRACORRIENTE 2002
FESTIVAL OF TORONTO 2002
FESTIVAL OF CINESPAÑA OF TOULOUSE. Awarded for best script
MEXICAN CINEMA FESTIVAL OF GUADALAJARA. Awarded the FIPRESCI prize
TE DOY MIS OJOS
In 2003, Chus plays a part in the film directed by Icíar Bollaín, Te doy mis ojos.
The film HAY MOTIVO, shot by different directors, includes a short film by Chus called ADOLESCENTES that talks about the educational system and in which various students criticize today’s neglected state education.
EN EL MUNDO A CADA RATO
The film EN EL MUNDO A CADA RATO, also shot by a group of different directors, includes a segment titled Las siete alcantarillas, shot in Cordoba (Argentina) that narrates the life of Maca, a little girl of five years old, who lives in utter misery. This group documentary was co-directed by Patricia Ferreira, Pere Joan Ventura, Peruvian Javier Corcuera and Javier Fesser.
TRABAJOS DENTRO DEL MUNDO DEL ARTE
2004 – EL INMOVIL VIAJE (a video of 3 minutes). Upon request of the two cultural institutions Casa Encendida and Casa de América, Chus released this video about the new cartographies of Madrid.
2005 – EL RETORNO (a video of 3 minutes). Chus received a grant from Musac to contribute to a project about those who drown in the waters of the Strait (off the southern coast of Spain).
2006 – LA PLAZA (a video of 15 minutes) was part of a group project called “La ciudad en ciernes” and produced by the University of Architecture of Valladolid.
As part of the jury for the NOTODOFILFEST festival, Chus directs a short film titled LUNCH TIME about a working woman who wanders around a chaotic and run-down city in search of a place to have her lunch.
In 2005, Chus launches EL CALENTITO, a film that takes place during the Movida Madrileña played by Verónica Sánchez, Macarena Gómez and Ruth Díaz who are part of a punk music band called Las Siux.
FESTIVAL OF CINESPAÑA OF TOULOUSE Film: “El Calentito” – Prix Du Jury des Lecteurs de “La dépêche du midi”
CINEMA FESTIVAL OF MONTECARLO Film: “El Calentito” – Jury’s Prize for Best Film
TENGO EL CORAZÓN CONTENTO (VIDEO CLIP)
Together with the support of AISGE, the bookshop Ocho y Medio, decides to record an album called UN RAYO DE LUZ sung by a group of actors who opted to sing their favourite songs with the aim that the benefits made from the release of the album help more renowned actors suffering from financial difficulties.
Chus Gutiérrez directs the video clip for Tengo el Corazón Contento.
The Association of Women dedicated to the world of Cinema and Audiovisuals.
In 2007, a group of female directors decides to create an association that welcomes women who work in these particular fields where their visibility is rather poor. In an attempt to promote equality and diversity in the audiovisual industry, the association now regroups more than 300 women.
Chus Gutiérrez has been acting as vice-president of the CIMA during the last few years.
RETORNO A HANSALA
In January of 2008, Chus produces, writes and directs her seventh feature film. RETORNO A HANSALA is a story about the dignity displayed by emigrants upon arrival to our coasts. Prizes and mentions:
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA FESTIVAL OF VALLADOLID:
• Jury’s Special Prize.
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA FESTIVAL OF CAIRO:
• Gold Pyramid.
• FIPRESCI Prize.
CINEMA FESTIVAL OF GUADALAJARA, MEXICO:
• Best Director.
• Best Script.
GOYA 2009, NOMINATIONS:
• Best New Actress.
• Best Original Song.
• Best Script.
THE GRAN VIA'S 100 YEARS OF EXISTENCE
To celebrate the Gran Vía’s 100 years of existence, Chus shot a short film titled MI PRIMER AMANECER.
The Gran Vía is used as the scenario for a musical in which three teenagers will experience their first dawn. Con motivo de los 50 años de la Gran Vía, rueda el cortometraje MI PRIMER AMANECER.
La Gran Vía es el escenario de un musical en el que tres adolescentes verán su primer amanecer.
ELLAS SON AFRICA
ELLAS SON AFRICA is a feature film shot by various directors. Chus directs a segment of it called LAS QUE VIVEN EN LA NIEBLA, shot in Namibia on the land of the Topnaar tribe. The story is about a group of women who fight together to find a solution to the shortage of water in the desert in which they live.
Inés Paris, Patricia Ferreira and Laura Maña take part in the film ELLAS SON AFRICA.
ME GUSTARÍA ESTAR ENAMORADA… A VECES ME SIENTO MUY SOLA
Chus Gutiérrez directs a short film for the purpose of the cultural event LA NOCHE EN BLANCO held in Madrid, in which three teenagers live an intense night full of loving encounters and unloving disillusions.
FESTIVAL DE CINEMA JOVE
Chus is awarded the LUNA DE VALENCIA award by Cinema Jove for her professional contribution.
EL INSTANTE DEL ABSURDO
Following Blanca Portillo’s and Chusa Martin’s request, Chus writes and directs the monologue for El Instante del Absurdo in August of 2011, played by Roberto Álvarez for the Festival of Merida. This represents her first piece of work in the world of theatre.