Icíar Bollaín made her directorial debut in 1996 with Hola, ¿estás sola? (Hi, Are You Alone?). Next came Flores de otro mundo (Flowers from Another World, 1999), award-winner at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Te doy mis ojos (Take My Eyes, 2003) harvested two Silver Shells in San Sebastian for its two main characters and seven Goyas, including Best Film. She competed again in San Sebastian with Mataharis (2007). In 2009, También la lluvia (Even the Rain) received 13 Goya nominations and the Panorama award at the Berlinale. In 2014, En tierra extraña (In a Foreign Land) was presented as a Special Screening at San Sebastian. El Olivo (The Olive Tree, 2015) garnered the Best New Actress Goya.