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Álvaro Brechner

Álvaro Brechner


Film Director, Production


Decision Maker 2018
Jury 2014
FrameWork Participant 2011
Script&Pitch Participant 2010


Born in Montevideo. In 1999 he got a Master in Creative Documentary at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Since 2002, he wrote and directed 3 award winning short films selected at over 140 film festivals, and several documentaries for History Channel, Odyssey and TVE.

In 2009, Alvaro’s directing feature debut Mal día para pescar (Bad Day to go Fishing), premiered in competition at the 48th International Critic’s Week, Cannes FF. The film received over 30 awards and participated in 60 international festivals. It was Uruguay’s Oscar candidate for Best Foreign Film, won 10 Uruguayan Critics Awards (Fipresci) and was nominated by the Spanish Critics for Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor.

In 2014, his 2nd feature film Mr. Kaplan, opened 3 months ago in Uruguayan theatres, being an audience and critical success. It is the national entry for the 2015 Foreign Language Academy Awards.

The film premiered at London BFI and Busan, and has been sold to distribution in more than 10 countries.

Mr. Kaplan received the Audience and Production Awards from TFL FrameWork 2011.