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Cataño Elizondo, Diego

Dirección, Dirección de arte, Edición, Guión, Producción, Reparto. CUERNAVACA, MEXICO, 1990

He studied Circus in the artistic space in Arcoirà, and screenwriting and editing at the Primera Escuela Argentina de Guión y Creatividad Guionarte, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has attended various workshops and film seminars, including the Documentary Film Seminar, imparted by Spanish journalist and documentary filmmaker Pere Ortin, and the International Workshop on Film and Video Photography, imparted by professor and filmmaker Eric Goethals, both at the Ro75 Training Center, Mexico. He also took a workshop in screenwriting with Mexican writer and film producer Guillermo Arriaga, as well as a course in screenwriting at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City. His film career began at an early age, first as an actor and then as a photographer, production assistant, producer, editor, screenwriter and director. He acted in Carlos Salces’ first feature film Zurdo (2003), which won four awards at the 46th Ariel Awards, Mexico. He then played the leading role in Fernando Eimbcke’s first feature film, Temporada de patos (2004), presented in the 2nd Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), in the Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival, and winner of 11 Ariels, including Best Picture, at the 47th Ariel Awards. Temporada de patos also received the Best Picture award at the 19th American Film Institute’s AFI Fest, Los Angeles; and nine Mayahuel awards at the 18th Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG). He also acted in the short film Ver llover (2006) by Elisa Miller, winner of the Best Short Fiction Film award at the 4th FICM and the Palme d’Or at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. He was the leading actor in Fernando Eimbcke’s second feature film, Lake Tahoe (2008), which premiered at the 6th FICM and won two awards for Best Picture: at the 51st Ariel Awards and at the 23rd FICG. He worked as an actor in Savages (2012) by Oliver Stone, in Desierto (2014) by Jonás Cuarón, in I Hate Love (2014) by Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz and most recently in Narcos, the television series on Netflix. His work as director of photography includes the documentary short film Zona de tolerancia (2009) by Margot Flores Torre. In 2012, he made the film-poems Indianápolis and Así fue el final. His two short fiction films Domingo (2014) and Alter (2015) were part of the Official Selection of the 12th and 13th FICM respectively. Pigs, his most recent work as a director, was part of the Official Selection of the 14th FICM. He is currently waiting for the premiere of Sin muertos no hay carnaval / Such Is Life in the Tropics by Sebastián Cordero.