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Lydia Zimmermann

Lydia Zimmermann
Born Lydia Martina Zimmermann Kuoni
(1966-12-12) 12 December 1966
Barcelona, Spain
Nationality Spanish
  • Actress
  • Author
  • Businesswoman
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Screenwriter
Years active 1989
Known for Filmmaking
Notable work Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (2002)
Style Art film
Movement Late modernism
Spouse(s) Isaac Pierre Racine
Children Nilo Mur
Website Lydia Zimmermann's Official Website (Spanish)

Lydia Martina Zimmermann Kuoni (born 12 December 1966 in Barcelona, Spain) is a Spanish Catalan actress, film director and editor, businesswoman, author, and educator.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Work 2
  • Reception 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Lydia Zimmermann is the daughter of two Swiss people, Yves Zimmermann, a graphic designer, and Bignia Zimmermann-Kuoni, an anthropologist and textile designer. Her parents met in the United States and moved to Spain. In addition to Spain, she has lived in Australia, Canada, Haiti, Switzerland, and the United States.[1]

As of 2012, Zimmermann was working on a script of a film that was scheduled to begin shooting in Canada in 2012. Her partner is Isaac Pierre Racine, also a filmmaker, on whose 1998 film Remedios de Cuba: Scuba Drive she served as editor.[1] Her son, Nilo Mur, is a filmmaker as well, and she acted in and produced his 2007 short film Forse Domani. In addition, she teaches at the European Film Actor School, at the Pompeu Fabra University, as well as at the Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti. She is one of the founders of the Zürich-based film production company Artisan Films GmbH.


Best known for her directorial debut Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (2002), co-directed with Agustí Villaronga and Isaac Pierre Racine, in which she also had an uncredited cameo and for which she appeared on Versión española, directed by Félix Piñuela and broadcast by Televisión Española, in 2005 and on Sala 33, directed by Àlex Gorina i Macià and broadcast by TV3, on 18 December 2010,[2] Zimmermann has also, among other activities, played the role of a caregiver in Agustí Villaronga's film Moon Child (1989), her acting debut, as well as the roles of a mourner in Antoni Aloy's 1999 film adaptation of the 1898 Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw titled Presence of Mind, a mother in Gemma Ventura's 2009 short film about Carl Jung The Jung Files and once again in the 2010 film Elisa K, directed by Jordi Cadena i Casanovas and Judith Colell, in which she appeares among the acknowledged, and of Ana de Pombo in Agustí Villaronga's 2013 television series broadcast by La 1. She appeared as herself in the 2013 television series Àrtic broadcast by Barcelona TV. She co-directed with Agustí Villaronga a television documentary about and broadcast by RTVE titled 50 años de Fe in 2009. Her video art, dealing with topics ranging from Andrei Tarkovsky's 1966 film Andrei Rublev, Blanca Portillo's incarnation of Mary, the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc, and fashion designer Jesús del Pozo to Théodore Géricault's 1818–1819 painting The Raft of the Medusa as well as his other work, a 2012 homage to Maria Mercè Marçal titled Ferida arrel: Maria-Mercè Marçal and the personas of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Robert Capa, supported by the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts and by Banco Sabadell, has appeared at the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica and at the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc. Two television films directed by her, La dona de gel (2003) and Perfecta pell (2005), were broadcast by RAI and TV3, and she has also written a screenplay based on Paul Auster's 1995 short story collection The Red Notebook titled Royal Gala y Correspondencia.


In April 2003, Zimmermann won the Ariel a mejor guion original at the Ariel Awards for Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (2002). In January 2011, she was nominated for the Gaudí a la millor actriu secundària at the Gaudí Awards for her role in Elisa K (2010).[1] She appeared during the televised ceremony broadcast by TV3 and titled III Premis Gaudí de l'Acadèmia del Cinema Català, directed by Joel Joan and Adrian Smith. A 1995 short film directed by her titled Wake also won the Best Director Award at the St Kilda Short Film Festival as well as the Best Film Award at the Zinebi and a Special Mention of the Jury Award at the Girona Film Festival.



  1. ^ a b c d Aroca, María Victoria. "Lydia Zimmermann, sencillez escogida" (Archive). El País. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2015. «los padres de Lydia –el diseñador gráfico Yves Zimmermann y la diseñadora textil y antropóloga Bignia Kuoni,» «Actriz, nominada a los premios Gaudí por su papel en F, realizadora, guionista y directora,» «Junto a su pareja, Isaac P. Racine, prepara el que será su primer largo con guion propio, una historia sobre el azar y las coincidencias que rodará en Canadá en 2012,» «Presumida a su pesar, le gusta la sencillez. Los años vividos en Estados Unidos, Australia y Canadá la han acostumbrado a comprar en comercios de segunda mano,» and «Los padres de Lydia, ambos suizos, se conocieron en Estados Unidos y llegaron a Barcelona por motivos laborales.» (Spanish)
  2. ^ "Aro Tolbukhin, dins la ment de l'assassí: Entrevista als codirectors d'Sala 33".  

External links

  • Lydia Zimmermann's Official Website (Spanish)
  • Lydia Zimmermann at the Internet Movie Database
  • Works by or about Lydia Zimmermann in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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