Carlos José Saenz


Carlos José Saenz, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a film director and scriptwriter.

From 1977 to 1980 he studied film-directing and script-writing at the Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos, and play-directing at the Payró theater. He wrote and produced several short movies, among them Reflex, widely shown in his early film-making career.

Mr. Saenz has written and directed important full-length documentaries, including American Rendez-Vous, on the history and restoration of the Palacio Bosch (the US ambassador’s residence in Buenos Aires) between 1998 and 2001, shown in the United States. He authored Cuatro Escultores Argentinos in 2004 for Canal Arte, Cablevisión, and Multicanal, and Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, historia y restauración patrimonial in 2009, sponsored by the city’s municipal government.

He was executive producer, in co-production with Spain, of full-length fiction films such as Nunca estuve en Viena, and Chukker for the United States and Britain, and In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin in Patagonia in collaboration with the BBC.

In 2003 he was one of the winners of the ‘Raíces’ joint prize of the Instituto Nacional de Artes Visuales and the Instituto de Cine of Spain, for the script of the full-length historical movie El león de las sierras at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

Araksi and the German Consul started out as a movie script written in collaboration with Jorge Vartparonián. This story is the basis for an epic-historical super-production presently at the financing stage. It is Carlos Saenz’s first novel.