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One of the most versatile directors in Hollywood, Luis Mandoki was born in Mexico City in 1954. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and at the London International Film School. In 1976 he gained international recognition with his prize-winning short film Silent Music. Mandoki received an Ariel in Mexico for his short El secreto in 1980. His cinematographic debut, Gaby: una historia verdadera (1987), was acclaimed for its script, direction and production. It was based on a true story that Mandoki read in the newspaper. Norma Aleandro was nominated for the Golden Globe and the Oscar for her performance in the film and Rachel Levin received a Golden Globe nomination as best supporting actress. Afterwards, Mandoki directed his first film for a U.S. audience, the adaptation of the novel White Palace (1990) by Glen Savan, with Susan Sarandon and James Spader. Then he directed When a Man Loves a Woman (1990), with Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia, and Message In a Bottle (1999), with Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman. Mandoki continued demonstrating his versatility with Angel Eyes (2001), starring Jennifer Lopez and Jim Caviezel, as well as in his films Trapped (2002), Voces inocentes (2004) and the controversial documentaries ¿Quién es el señor López? (2006), Fraude: México 2006 (2007).