Itzel Martinez is a Mexican director, writer, and producer. She is best known for her films that explore themes of family, identity, and belonging. She has directed several short and feature-length films, including “Crisálidas” (2021), “Tres Mujeres” (2019), and “Nunca Más” (2015).
Martinez was born in Mexico City in 1984. From an early age, she was drawn to the world of film and was influenced by the works of filmmakers such as Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón. She studied film at the Autonomous University of Mexico, where she graduated with honors.
Martinez has directed several short films, including “Despertar” (2013), “El Viaje” (2014), and “Perro Amarillo” (2015). Her feature debut “Nunca Más” (2015) was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. The film explored the struggles of a young woman trying to find her place in a world of violence and fear.
Martinez’s next feature, “Tres Mujeres” (2019) was a powerful exploration of female identity and strength. The film follows three generations of women as they cope with the death of their matriarch. The film was nominated for the Goya Award for Best Director and the Ariel Award for Best First Feature.
In 2021, Martinez released her most recent feature, “Crisálidas”. The film follows the story of a young girl struggling to cope with the death of her father. Through her journey, she discovers the strength to confront her past and move forward in life. The film was an official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Martinez has established herself as an important voice in Mexican cinema and is passionate about creating stories that resonate with audiences. She is committed to exploring themes of identity, family, and belonging in her work. Her films have been praised for their powerful and emotional storytelling, and she continues to explore these themes in her work.