Eloy de la Iglesia January 1, — March 23, was a Spanish screenwriter and film director.
De la Iglesia was an outspoken gay socialist filmmaker who is relatively unknown outside Spain despite a prolific and successful career in his native country. He is best remembered for having portrayed urban marginality and the world of drugs and juvenile delinquency in the early s.
Part of his work is closely related to the phenomenon popularly known in Spain as quinqui films, to which he contributed with several works. His film are an example of commitment to the immediate reality. They were made with honesty and great risk, against the conformist outlook of most movies of its time. Beyond their debatable aesthetic merits, his film served a document of the Spanish marginality of the late seventies and early eighties, and they have the stamp of his strong personality.
Many of this films also deal with the theme of homosexuality. His desire to follow a career in filmmaking was initially thwarted. By age twenty he had already written and directed many works for television sharpening Eloy de la iglesia homosexual relationship narrative skills.
While doing mandatory military service, he wrote the script of his second film, Algo Amargo en la Boca Something Bitter Tasting During the early s, de la Iglesia was a member of the Spanish Communist Party; his films of this period reflected his beliefs and often centered on violent forms of social protest.