Andrés Vicente Gómez

Head of LolaFilms, Andrés Vicente Gómez (Madrid, September 16th, 1943) is one of the most successful and prolific film producers in Spain, and one of the most respected in Europe. His extensive filmography, with more than 100 films to his credit, reveals a certain coherence in the never-ending search for quality, diversity, and, in most cases, public approval. 

Gómez is the winner of an Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language film for "Belle Epoque". Together with the prizes won at festivals like Berlin, Venice, Montreal and San Sebastian, Gomez´s near annual presence at the Spanish Goya Film Awards make him the Spanish producer with most national and international awards to his name.

Many of Spain´s most successful box-office hits have been produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez, who has worked with directors of unquestionable renown over the years, such as Fernando Trueba, Pedro Almodovar, Carlos Suara, Bigas Luna, Vicente Aranda, Alex de la Iglesia, Manuel Gutierrez Aragón, Pilar Miró, Santiago Segura, Manuel Gómez Pereira, Jose Luis García Sanchez, John Malkovich, and Ray Loriga, amongst others. In recognition for his work as one of the producers most contributing to cinema, in 1998 the Cannes Film Festival paid tribute to Gómez with a special homage.

In 1990, Gómez joined forces with LolaFilms, a film production company originally founded in Barcelona by Jose Manuel Lara, Manuel Lombardero, Vicente Aranda, Carlos Durán and Oriol Regas. Pablo Atienza and investment company Gescapital entered to take part, and in the mid ninteen nineties, a fruitful marriage with the Prisa Group was sealed, before Telefónica finally acquired 70% of the company.

In recent years, Andrés Vicente Gómez has carried producing on a constant stream of Spanish and English language films, such as "Rain", co-produced with Martin Scorcesse, "The Dance Upstairs" starring Javier Bardem and directed by John Malkovich; "Nearest to Heaven" starring Catherine DeNueve; "Navidad en el Nilo" and "Navidad en Nueva York" in co-production with Aurelio di  Laurentiis; "Soldados de Salamnina" by David Trueba, and "La Fiesta del Chivo" de Vargas Llosa, starring Isbaella Rosellini; "Isi Disi" starring Santiago Segura and "Manolete", starring Adrian Brody and Penelope Cruz; "Lolita´s Club" by Vicente Aranda, and "Lo don Giovani" by Carlos Saura; "El Consul de Sodoma" starring Jordi Mollá; and "La Chispa de la Vida" directed by Alex de la Iglesia. 

As a film distributor from the early 1970's onwards, Andrés Vicente Gómez has brought an eclectic selection of international films to Spanish audiences, with classics from directors like Buster Keaton, Charls Chaplin, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Akira Kurosawa, as well as Oscar scooping titles like "The Last Emperor", "Dances With Wolves", "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Henry V".

Gómez has distributed the work of numeorus cult dirtectors like Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Bresson, Claude Chabrol, Peter Greenaway, Shoei Imamura, Krzysztof Kieslovski, Alain Resnais, François Truffaut, Bertrand Tavernier, as well as introducing the independent voices of directors like Peter Bogdanovich, Hal Hartley, Neil Jordan, Paul Morrisey, Tim Robbins and Alan Rudolph. 

In addition to his extensive work as producer, Andrés Vicente Gómez is President of the Media Business School, one of the most prestigious devlopment and training centres of the European Union. He is also member of the European Film Academy, and from 1994, of the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Science of the Unites States of America. He works actively for the FIAPF, and in 2003, was chosen as President of that organization, a post he held until 2008.