Julia Solomonoff

Filmmaker

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Julia Solomonoff is a filmmaker from Argentina living in New York, graduated with Honors from Columbia University MFA Film Program and a Fulbright grantee. Her feature films as writer/director include Hermanas (Toronto 2005, Sundance Lab and Berlinale Talent project), The Last Summer of la Boyita (San Sebastian 2009, produced by Almodovar’s El Deseo, winner of over 20 international awards) and Nobody’s Watching (TFI Development Award, winner of Ibermedia, INCAA, Proimagenes and Ancine Production grants)

Nobody’s Watching premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2017 where it won the Best Actor Award. When it opened theatrically at Film Forum, it was a New York Times and Village Voice Critic’s Pick. It was selected for Best Films of 2017 by Screen and The Guardian, UK.

Her new screenplay, Off Peak was selected for a MacDowell Residency and was a finalist for an SFF Westridge Grant 2018.

For television, she directed the documentary series Parana, biography of a river (13 episodes for Canal Encuentro), the mockumentary Chin Chon Fan (Ciudad Abierta) and a one-hour fiction The Suitor (winner of ITVS, NEA grants, aired on PBS). In 2008 she became Creative Director of Canal Encuentro, Argentina. She recently shadowed director Jim MacKay in CBS’ The Good Fight.

Her short films Scratch, Siesta, Ahora and A Day with Angela have received awards from DGA, FIPRESCI and a regional Academy Award Nomination. 

Her production credits include: Lucrecia Martel’s Zama (Venice, Toronto, NYFF 2017), Everybody has a Plan (Toronto 2012, starring Viggo Mortensen), Celina Murga’s The Third Bank of the River (Berlin 2014, exec prod by Martin Scorsese), Lucia Murat’s A memoria que me contan (FIPRESCI award, Moscow FF 2015), Julia Murat’s Pendular (FIPRESCI Winner at Berlin Panorama 2017) and Found Memories (Venice 2011, winner of over 30 international awards) and Alejandro Landes’ Cocalero (Sundance 2007)

She was first Assistant Director to Walter Salles on Motorcycle Diaries and for Isabel Coixet, Carlos Sorin, Luis Puenzo, Martin Rejtman and Fabian Bielinsky.

Solomonoff is currently Head of Directing at Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema/ Brooklyn College, she was full time Professor of Film Directing at NYU Tisch/ Graduate Film Department and Columbia University MFA Program. She’s been advisor for MacDowell Colony (USA), Proimagenes (Colombia), Focus (Trinidad & Tobago) and Cine Qua Non Lab (Mexico). Her films were acquired for MoMA’s permanent collection and featured a Film Society of Lincoln Center retrospective. A compilation of her screenplays were published by Viterbo Editorial in 2016.