J.A. Bayona, Director

J.A. Bayona’s most recent feature film as director was The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland; it was based on the powerful true story of a family’s survival of the tragic Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. The Impossible grossed more than $180 million at the worldwide box office and brought Ms. Watts Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Award nominations. Mr. Holland received honors including an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. The Impossible won five Goya Awards, which are Spain’s Oscars equivalent, including Best Director; and six Gaudí Awards, including Best Director.

Prior to making A Monster Calls, Mr. Bayona directed the first two episodes of Showtime’s series Penny Dreadful, starring Eva Green, which instantly attracted a loyal following. Having completed A Monster Calls, he will next direct the new Jurassic World movie, for release in June 2018.

Born in Barcelona, he grew up with a passion for film. This led him to become a journalist and later to study directing, at the Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC). 

After directing two short films, My Holidays and The Sponge Man, Mr. Bayona met screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez, who gifted him with the script for The Orphanage, which became his first feature as director. The Orphanage world-premiered at the 2007 Cannes International Film Festival to a 10-minute standing ovation. It was then released nationally in Spain, and its opening four-day box office was the highest of the year and at the time the second-highest ever for a Spanish film.

The Orphanage was nominated for 14 Goya Awards, winning seven including Mr. Bayona’s for Best New Director.

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"Break The Windows" Clip

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"In The Eyes" Clip

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"Face Your Fears" Spot

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Sigourney Weaver on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Sigourney Weaver Speaks to The Hollywood Reporter

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The New York Times Profiles Felicity Jones

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Official Trailer: Focus Features and J.A. Bayona Present A...

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Lewis MacDougall as Conor

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Mom: Felicity Jones stars in J.A. Bayona's A Monster...

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Entertainment Weekly Introduces A Monster...

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Determination: Connor [Lewis MacDougall] and The Monster [Liam...

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Change: Struggling to understand one another, love must carry Connor...

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J.A. Bayona Talks with Gold Derby

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Early Concept Art by Daniel Carrasco

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Writer Patrick Ness and the Backstory of A...

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SFX Artist David Marti Captures BTS Moment of...

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Connor: In just his second on-screen role, young Lewis MacDougall portrays Connor - a boy determined not to lose his mother.

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Patrick Ness Named One of "Hollywood's 25 Most...

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BTS: A Look at A Monster Calls' Animated Sequences

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Concept Art by Daniel Carrasco Jabalera

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Faith: A boy confronted with a monumental shift in what he once considered "normal", Connor [Lewis MacDougall] will stand tallest when atop the shoulders of The Monster [Liam Neeson].

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Liam Neeson as The Monster

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Illustrated: Connor [Lewis MacDougall] brings his imagination to life...

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Illustrator Andreu Zaragoza's Monster

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J.A. Bayona, Director

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Monster Building

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Sigourney Weaver as Grandma

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Life: Director J.A. Bayona brings Patrick Ness' novel A Monster Calls to life with beautiful, signature scenes lensed by cinematographer Fernando Velázquez.

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Toby Kebbell as Dad

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Origin: J.A. Bayona directs A Monster Calls from a script by the novel's author Patrick Ness. The novel was awarded 2012's Carnegie and Greenaway Medals.

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Escape: No matter the level of fear, anger or confusion, Connor...