Director Luis Mandoki studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the London International Film School.
In 1976, Mandoki received international recognition with his short film “Silent Music” which won first place at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1980, his short film “The Secret” won the Ariel for Best Short Feature in Mexico. In 1987 he wrote, produced and directed his first feature “Gaby: A True Story”. The film received an Oscar nomination and two Golden Globe nominations. That was the start of his Hollywood career.
Mandoki directed his first feature in the United States, “White Palace”, starring Susan Sarandon and James Spader. He later went on to direct “When A Man Loves A Woman” with Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia, “Message In A Bottle”, with Paul Newman, Robin Wright Penn, and Kevin Costner; “Angel Eyes”, with Jennifer Lopez and James Caviezel; and “Trapped”, with Charlize Theron and Kevin Bacon.
His film, “Innocent Voices”, received various awards including the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Best Film at the Seattle Film Festival; and the Stanley Kramer Award, given by the Producer`s Guild of America.
Most recently, he directed “Sabina Rivas”, the saga of a girl from Honduras and her journey trying to get to the United States.
He has also directed several documentaries with social themes.