Disobedience, Pan’s Labyrinth
Academy and Producers Guild of America member FRIDA TORRESBLANCO is an award–winning producer who began her career by studying film and literature in Madrid. Ms. Torresblanco is the President and CEO of Braven Films as well as the producer behind all of Braven’s material.
While still in Spain, Ms. Torresblanco acted as Production Coordinator and Line Producer on several films and documentaries, including Javier Rioyo and José Luis López Linares’ Buñel. She produced Storm the Skies: The Death of Leon Trotski.
Ms. Torresblanco was the head of the international production of the Spanish mini studio Lolafilms for the next five years, including The Dancer Upstairs, directed by John Malkovich and starring Javier Bardem, as well as Susan Seidelman’s Gaudi Afternooon, starring Marcia Gay Harden, on which Ms. Torresblanco served as a producer.
She was additionally responsible for the production design, pre–production, and sales of Lolafilms’ international English–language productions including Rain, directed by Katherine Lindberg, Off Key, directed by Manual Gómez Pereira, and The Girl From Rió, directed by Christopher Monger.
Ms. Torresblanco moved to New York City in 2002 to launch, in partnership Alfonso Cuarón, a film production company.
As Head of Esperanto, Frida served as Executive Producer and Creative On-Set Producer for the films The Assassination of Richard Nixon, directed by Niels Mueller and starring Sean Penn, Duck Season, Year of the Nail and Cronicas, directed by Sebastián Cordero and starring John Leguizamo.
In 2006, culminating eight years of partnership and countless hours spent shoulder-to-shoulder, Frida produced with Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro Pan’s Labyrinth, directed by Guillermo del Toro, a production which was graced with three Oscars and another three nominations at the 79th Academy Awards, as well as three wins and five nominations at the BAFTAs, a nomination for the Palm d’Or, and a Golden Globe.
Ms. Torresblanco subsequently completed production on a documentary directed by Alfonso Cuarón entitled The Possibility of Hope, which includes interviews with Naomi Klein, James Lovelock, Tzvetan Todorov, and Slavoj Zizek amongst others.
The following year, in a continuation of the awards whirlwind, The Hollywood Reporter named Ms. Torresblanco one of the 50 most powerful Latinos in Hollywood and placed her as number 13 on their Hispanic Women Power 25 list. Ms. Torresblanco has also judged for numerous film competitions, including the Independent Spirit Awards and BAFTA and spoken on many panels focused on independent film.
Ms. Torresblanco produced Rudo y Cursi, directed by Carlos Cuarón and starring Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to be one of the highest grossing films in Mexican history.
In 2010, Ms. Torresblanco, as CEO and founding partner along with Eric Laufer and Giovanna Randall, launched her new film production company, Braven Films. The company aims to be a space for filmmakers to freely create universal, contemporary, intelligent movies that will appeal to large audiences with a unique voice.
Magic Magic, produced by Ms. Torresblanco through Braven Films is a tense psychological thriller written and directed by Chilean Sebastian Silva whose film The Maid (La Nana) won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and was nominated for a Golden Globe. The film stars Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning and Catalina Sandino Moreno. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and screened in that year’s Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.
Braven recently produced Disobedience, an adaptation from the original novel of Naomi Alderman, written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Sebastian Lelio who directed it (Gloria, Una Mujer Fantástica), starring Rachel Weisz (The Favourite), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) and Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle), and produced in conjunction with Film4, Film Nation and Ed Guiney (Room).
In development is a slate of films including Satan is Real starring Ethan Hawke (Training Day) and Alessandro Nivola, Stolen Girl to be directed by James Kent (The Aftermath), Julius Winsome written and directed by Sam Gold, acclaimed Theater Director, Crooked Heart in partnership with Rachel Weisz, and Visceral, a thriller directed by Frederic Jardin (Sleepless Night, Spiral) from a script by Stephen Prentice, co-produced with Marco Cherqui (A Prophet).
In pre-production is Aljeandro Ortiz directed by Joe Sange and starring Robert Sheehan (Umbrealla Academy), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond), and Alvaro Morte (La Casa de Papel).
Frida has participated in more than 40 panels at organizations throughout the industry in London, Madrid, Canada, and the United States. Her movies have played at Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, TIFF, and Sundance.