Martín Cuenca


In the films by the director from Almería Manuel Martín Cuenca, the settings and the landscapes where the action takes place are not a mere set, but they help shaping and understanding the characters, add information to the story and help relating it. This is why it is especially significant that the Andalusian filmmaker has chosen to shoot in Andalusia his latest and most important films: ‘La mitad de Óscar’ (2010), in Almería; ‘Caníbal’ (2013), in Granada; and ‘El autor’ (2017), in Sevilla.

Manuel Martín Cuenca shot ‘La mitad de Óscar’ in the province of Almería (in the capital, Sierra de Gádor, the Nature Reserve of Cabo de Gata and Cabo de Gata salt mines). ‘Caníbal’ was entirely shot in the province of Granada (Carrera del Darro, Puente Cabrera in the capital, Motril, the Cabra road and the landscapes of Güejar Sierra). And for ‘El autor’, he used Seville as his main setting (Plaza del Cabildo, Triana, the Altadis building, the Setas structure and Heliópolis were the main locations).



La mitad de Óscar
Year: 2010
Director: M. Martín Cuenca

Year: 2013
Director: M. Martín Cuenca

El autor
Year: 2017
Director: M. Martín Cuenca

Route for a vacation

Words of the Director...


“Cabo de Gata salt mines are like a magical place, very special. They are almost a western setting. The void where it is supposed to be something. It is a beautiful place that has a special magic. A mythical frontier sober place, which is falling behind over time”

“I have already shot in three Andalusian cities, so I have five left; I hope I can make five more films”.

“In Andalusia, the landscapes contribute a different dimension and a special layer which helps constructing the story”.

Manuel Martín Cuenca

Movie Locations
Motril, Granada

This municipality with a population of more than 60,000 inhabitants is one of the cores in the Tropical Coast of Granada. Its main strong points are agriculture (avocado, custard...

Church of San Pedro y San Pablo, Granada

The church of San Pedro y San Pablo in Granada, in Mudejar and Renaissance styles, was designed by architect Juan de Maeda, built in the 16th century and completed in 1567.It is...

Carrera del Darro, Sevilla

Located by the river by the same name, it is one of the most beautiful avenues in the city of Granada. Two bridges made of brick and masonry, Cabrera and Espinosa, connect the...

Cabildo Square, Sevilla

This small semi-circular square is located in the quarter of El Arenal, although not everybody knows it. It is accessed by a passage located just opposite the Cathedral’s door...

Altadis building, Sevilla

Located by the Guadalquivir river, right in the quarter of Los Remedios, this building spreading over more than 30,000 square metres was the last site for the oldest tobacco...

Betis Street, Sevilla

Calle Betis in Seville is a road running parallel to the historical bed of the Guadalquivir river, in the quarter of Triana, in the bank opposite the core of the city within...

Triana bridge, Sevilla

Possibly one of the most popular quarters in the city of Seville, it is situated by the east shore of the Guadalquivir river and is connected to the city by the Triana bridge,...

Las Setas, Sevilla

The Metropol Parasol project, best known as the Setas of Seville, was built in 2011 by German architect Jürgen Mayer and it is the largest wooden construction in the world....

Mercado de la carne, Sevilla

Thanks to its nice weather all year long and its marvellous artistic and monumental heritage, Seville has been the setting for many film, TV and advertising productions over the...

Chile Street, Sevilla

The Andalusian capital has been the setting for many film, TV and advertising productions over the last years. Its nice weather all year long and its marvellous artistic and...

Plaza de España, Sevilla

Designated in 2017 as Treasure of European Film Culture by the European Film Academy, for serving as the filming locations for pictures such as ‘Star Wars. Episode II: Attack of...

Sierra de Gádor, Almería

Situated in the south-western side of the province of Almería, Sierra de Gádor is bounded by Sierra Nevada to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, Sierra Alhamilla to...

Salt Marshes, Cabo de Gata, Almería

Considered one of the most remarkable Andalusian ecosystems, Cabo de Gata salt mines are the only ones in industrial operation in western Andalusia. They take up approximately 400...

Almería Promenade, Almería

With an estimated population of 170,000 inhabitants, the capital of Almería takes up the centre of Almería’s bay, which opens to the sea of Alborán and is protected by the...

Calas del Barronal, Níjar, Almería

This 250-metre shore is one of the best beaches in the area due to its tremendous beauty. Situated in an incomparable setting and of significant geological interest, attention is...

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The shooting in Mercado de la Carne took place just before the building was renovated, so they might be the last recorded images of the market in its former appearance.
The rain caused quite a few problems during the shooting, which took place between the end of September and the beginning of November 2016. To the extent that it was necessary to make several changes in the work schedule. Specifically, the scene under the Triana bridge had to be rescheduled twice because of the rain.
‘El autor’ was the film that received more nominations (8) to the 2018 Feroz Awards and the third one with more nominations (9) to the 2018 Goya Awards.
When the crew was searching for locations, specifically for a karaoke bar, the film director himself, Manuel Martín Cuenca, ended up ‘making a (singing) scene’ and staged a memorable performance by singing ‘Se me enamora el alma’ by Isabel Pantoja.
The striking scene in which the character of Javier Gutiérrez in ‘El autor’ lays ‘everything’ on the table was made “very Spanish style”, according to the actor himself; they sawed up the legs of the table so he did not have to stand on tiptoe. The director of the film described this scene as “a mischief”.