Film director, screenwriter, producer. After studying history at the University of Barcelona, Isabel began a successful career as creative director for the ad agency JWT.
Her directorial and screenwriting debut came in 1989 with the release of the drama Demasiado viejo para morir joven, which was nominated for Best New Director in the Goya Awards.
In 1996, she traveled to the United States to film her first English-language feature film, Things I Never Told You, earning a second nomination to the Goya Awards for Best Original Screenplay. She returned to Spain to make the 1998 film A los que aman.
She achieved international success in 2003 with the release of the intimist film My Life Without Me, which was a smash hit at the Berlin International Film Festival.
She has been a household name in European cinema ever since. Films such as The Secret Life of Words, Elegy, Map of the Sounds of Tokyo, Yesterday Never Ends, Another Me, Learning to Drive, Endless Night and The Bookshop have assured her place among the greats.
Isabel has also produced outstanding documentaries on human rights issues, including Invisibles, which was selected for the Panorama section of the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival, and Viaje al corazón de la tortura, which was shot in Sarajevo during the Balkan Wars and was awarded a top prize at the October 2003 Human Rights Film Festival.
At the 2015 Málaga Film Festival, Isabel was recognized for her outstanding career. The same year, she received the coveted title of Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. She has also been awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi for Film by the Generalitat de Cataluña (2005) and the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts (2009), as well as eight Goya Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Documentary.