Rodrigo Barriuso is a Cuban--Canadian filmmaker whose areas of interest include writing, directing and producing. His short film, For Dorian (12), screened worldwide receiving awards at Inside Out, Mix Copenhagen and the Torino LGBT Film Festival. His debut feature film, Un Traductor (18), which he co-directed with his brother, Sebastián Barriuso, premiered at Sundance Film Festival as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and received the award for Best Director at the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival and the 17th Pune International Film Festival, among other accolades. Un Traductor is Cuba's official entry to the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. Barriuso is an alumus of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, the TIFF Filmmakers Lab, and holds a BFA in cinema studies and an MA in contemporary art history. His current project is Neverman, in which a transgender woman's self-determination and identity are challenged as she faces Alzheimer's in a transphobic nursing home. Barriuso lives and works between Toronto and Havana.
El Pensamiento Films is a Toronto based production company founded in 2012 by filmmaker Rodrigo Barriuso, in close collaboration with Australian producer, Davina Rimmer. El Pensamiento Films develops and produces projects that deal with sensitive subject matters often underrepresented in cinema. While developed in Canada, the company puts forward concepts and projects that transcend North American borders and sensibilities, and speak to the universality of the human experience.
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