Andrés Wood was born in 1965 in Santiago, Chile. He studied economics at the Universidad Católica de Chile, then moved to New York to study filmmaking at NYU. After returning to Chile, he directed his first feature, Historias de fútbol (1997), followed by El desquite (1999, TV series) and Loco Fever (2001).

His 2004 film Machuca (Directors’ Fortnight)-—the story of an unusual friendship between two boys at an elite Santiago Catholic school on the cusp of the 1973 military coup—-is an acclaimed milestone of post-dictatorship Chilean cinema.

His next feature, The Good Life (2008), received the Best Spanish Language Foreign Film Goya Award in 2009.

Violeta Went to Heaven (2011) was Chile’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Academy Awards.