Filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta will receive the Ciudad de Huesca Carlos Saura Award at the 52nd Huesca International Film Festival. Lacuesta (1975, Girona) has written and directed eleven feature films, as well as short films, television series, various installations, and collaborations with professionals from other fields as diverse as architecture, painting, and music. His debut came in the short film with Caras vs Caras (2000), a work that was the narrative seed of Cravan vs Cravan (2002), his debut feature film that won the audience award and best new director at the Sitges Festival, as well as the Sant Jordi RNE Critics’ Award for the best Spanish debut feature film of that year.

In 2006, La Leyenda del Tiempo would arrive, a story where the singing of Camarón de la Isla plays a key role and which established him internationally with awards such as the Special Jury Prize at the Las Palmas Festival, the Silver Apricot at the Yerevan International Festival (Armenia) and the awards for best film, direction and screenplay at the Cuenca International Festival (Ecuador).

Three years later, he would release The Damed, which would be one of the first major roles for the Goya Award-winning actress Bárbara Lennie and would bring him numerous recognitions. The film would also win the FIPRESCI Prize of the official section of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, a key event throughout his filmography.

With the arrival of the new decade came two documentaries: La Noche que no Acaba (2010) and El Cuaderno de Barro (2011); both selected by the Donostia festival in the Zabaltegi section. The latter would originally be part of his next work, Los pasos Dobles (2011); a fiction with a documentary tone starring the painter Miquel Barceló, which earned Isaki his first Golden Shell in San Sebastián.

His next film would be Murieron por Encima de sus Posibilidades (2013), a radical shift towards comedy with an ensemble cast filled with talents like Raúl Arévalo, Imanol Arias, José Coronado, Carmen Machi, and Luis Tosar.

Next Skin (2016) was the project that led him to co-direct with Isa Campo, a highly awarded screenwriter who regularly collaborates on his films and was making her directorial debut. The success was resounding with three Gaudí Awards (best film, screenplay, and actress), five awards at the Málaga Film Festival (including direction, actress, and special jury prize), and the Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress for Emma Suárez.

The second Golden Shell would come with Entre dos Aguas (2018). Lacuesta would revisit the characters from La Leyenda del Tiempo more than a decade later, earning not only the top honor at the Zinemaldia but also the awards for best film and actor at the Mar del Plata Film Festival, the Fotogramas de Plata for best film of the year, seven Gaudí Awards, two ASECAN Awards, and two Goya Award nominations.

The “cabezón” (pigheaded) of Spanish cinema would come with One Year, One Night (2022), delving into the personal consequences of the tragic events that took place in November 2015 at the Bataclan in Paris. The award for best adapted screenplay would be just the culmination of an extensive journey through film festivals, starting with the selection in the official competition section of the Berlin Film Festival.

His most recent work is Saturn Return (2024), co-directed with Pol Rodríguez, which has just been released in commercial theaters. A production about the legendary band “Los Planetas” that swept the last Málaga Film Festival, winning best film, direction, and editing.

Thanks to his significant career, prominent cultural institutions such as the National Gallery in Washington (2013), the Swiss Cinematheque (2017), the Spanish Film Library (2018), the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris (2018), and the Film Library of Catalonia (2019) have dedicated retrospectives to his work. Additionally, MOMA in New York, the Lincoln Center, the Anthology Film Archives in New York, and the CCCB have screened his works. His cinematic correspondence with Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, In between days (2009, CCCB), was presented at the Locarno Film Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in the world, classified as Category A by FIAPF.

Among his accolades are the National Film Award of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2012), the Sant Jordi Award (2002, 2017), and the Eloy de la Iglesia Award (2010, Málaga Film Festival).


With the City of Huesca Award, Huesca International Film Festival recognizes the bright professional career of young figures of the world cinema which, in addition, have a promising professional future. It has been awarded since 1991, and in 2018 the Huesca Film Festival Foundation, along with the Festival’s management team and the filmmaker Carlos Saura, decide to change the nomenclature of the prize to denominate Carlos Saura City of Huesca, with the approval of the director. Carlos Saura, born in Huesca, has one of the most awarded international filmographies, one of the names with capital letters in the history of the seventh art and thus intends to pay a sincere tribute to the city festival that saw him born.

The Carlos Saura City of Huesca Award has honoured the career of figures such as Carlos Saura (1991), José María Forqué (1992), Fernando Trueba (1993), Imanol Uribe (1994), Arturo Ripstein (1995), Gerardo Herrero (1996), Francisco J. Lombardi (1997), Manuel Gutierrez Aragón (1998), Bigas Luna (1999), Ventura Pons (2000), Juanjo Puigcorbé (2001), Vicente Aranda (2002), Zelimir Kilnik (2003), Mercedes Sampietro (2004), Julio Medem (2005), Gracia Querejeta (2006), Marc Recha (2007), José María Escriche (2008), Basilio Martín Patino (2009), Montxo Armendáriz (2010), José Luis Guerin (2011), Icíar Bollaín (2012), Adriana Ugarte (2014), Silvia Abascal (2015), Paula Ortiz (2016), Leticia Dolera (2017), Aura Garrido (2018), Rodrigo Sorogoyen & Isabel Peña (2019), Anna Castillo (2020), Michel Franco (2021), Diego Luna (2022) and Pablo Larraín (2023).