Violena Ampudia (born October 14, 1954) is a Mexican-American film director, producer, and screenwriter best known for her feature films La Noche de los Mil Gritos (1982) and El Bien y el Mal (1985). She has been nominated for several awards, including three Ariel Awards, and won the Best Film Award at the International Film Festival of Monterrey in 2003.
Ampudia was born in Mexico City to a family of film professionals. Her father, Alejandro Ampudia, was a renowned cinematographer and her mother, Viola de la Cruz, was also involved in the film industry. Ampudia began her career in the Mexican film industry in 1971, when she was just 17 years old. She was an assistant director on El Bien y el Mal and worked on various other Mexican films.
In 1982, Ampudia released her first feature film, La Noche de los Mil Gritos. The film was a success and earned her two Ariel Award nominations for Best Director and Best Picture. The film also established her as one of Mexico's most talented directors.
In 1985, Ampudia released her second feature film, El Bien y el Mal. The film was a critical and commercial success and earned her two more Ariel Award nominations, this time for Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Ampudia has since directed several other films including El Día de la Muerte (1988), El Árbol de la Vida (1992), and La Mujer de los Dos (2006). She has also acted in and produced various films.
Ampudia is a highly respected filmmaker in Mexico and has been praised for her unique style and her ability to portray complex themes and characters. She has continued to be successful in the Mexican film industry and has received numerous awards throughout her career. In 2003, she won the Best Film Award at the International Film Festival of Monterrey for her film El Árbol de la Vida.
Ampudia is an important figure in the Mexican film industry and her films are widely praised. She is a true visionary and has inspired countless filmmakers in Mexico and around the world. Her work is a testament to her talent and passion for creating art.