Ikiru Films, S.L. was founded in May 2004 by Edmon Roch, who has a prestigious track record as a Producer for International Companies. His collaboration with Whit Stillman (BARCELONA, THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO) which began in 1993, brought him international acclaim. In 2006 Victoria Borrás, one of the most experienced, top Spanish Producers, joined Ikiru Films.
After serving as Delegate Production Company for Tom Tykwer’s PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER (2006), Ikiru Films produced Grojo’s MOON IN A BOTTLE (2007), and Edmon Roch’s GARBO: THE SPY (2009), winner of the Goya Award for Best Documentary Film, the Gaudí Awards for Best Documentary and Best Screenplay, and the Golden Giraldillo for Best European Documentary Film at SEFF. Ikiru Films also produced Andrucha Waddington’s LOPE (2010), in co-production with El Toro Pictures, A3 Films and Conspiraçao Filmes, which was officially selected at the Venice and Toronto festivals, and preselected by the Spanish Academy for the Oscars.
Ikiru Films also co-produced Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIUTIFUL (2010) with Ménage Atroz and Mod Producciones, for which Javier Bardem won the Best Actor Award at Cannes, as well as Sönke Wortmann’s POPE JOAN (2009) with Constantin Film and Medusa Film. The company has also produced Daniel Benmayor’s action drama BRUC – THE MANHUNT (2010), Javier Ruiz Caldera’s GHOST GRADUATION (2012), Enrique Gato’s 3D animation film TAD, THE LOST EXPLORER (2012), with El Toro Pictures, Lightbox Entertainment, Telefonica Producciones and Telecinco Cinema, Patxi Amezcua’s SÉPTIMO (2013), with El Toro Pictures, Telecinco Cinema and the Argentinian coproducers K&S Films and Cepa Audiovisual and Daniel Monzón’s EL NIÑO (2014), coproduced with Telecinco Cinema, Vaca Films and La Ferme Productions. In 2015 Ikiru Films released its second animation film CAPTURE THE FLAG (2015), directed by Enrique Gato, which also enjoyed a massive box office success in Spain and was released in more than 30 territories throughout 2016. In August 2017, Ikiru Films premiered the second part of Tad, TAD THE LOST EXPLORER AND THE SECRET OF KING MIDAS, another great box office success in Spain, with more than three million viewers, the most watched Spanish film in 2017.
In 2018, Ikiru Films inaugurated the year with the premiere of SARA’S NOTEBOOK, directed by Norberto López Amado, with Belén Rueda as the main character. In August 2018, driven by the desire of support the new talent, Ikiru Films premiered THE PACT, David Victori’s first feature film, starring Belén Rueda and Darío Grandinetti. At the end of August, YUCATÁN is released, directed by Daniel Monzón, with Luis Tosar, Rodrigo de la Serna, Joan Pera and Stephanie Cayo.
There are in postproduction the documentary SAN MAO AND THE OLIVE’S SHADOW, created by Marta Arribas and Ana Pérez; STAFF ONLY, directed by Neus Ballús, with Sergi López as the main character and TAXI TO GIBRALTAR, filmed by Alejo Flah, starring Dani Rovira and Joaquín Furriel. They are also immersed in the preproduction work of AN FORBIDDEN WORLD, by Salvador Calvo, starring Luis Tosar and Anna Castillo.
Ikiru Films has also offered full production services for the shootings in Spain of KAROL, UN PAPA RIMASTO UOMO, Giacomo Battitato (2006), CAROLINA E LE SUE FIGLIE, Luigi Parisi (2006), MIRAI YOSOUZU, Hiroshi Chono (2007), PARTIR, Catherine Corsini (2009), GOMORRA, Stefano Sollima (2013) and it has coproduced with Formato Producciones, Breogan Riveiro’s TV-Movies VOLVER A CASA (2009) and EL SÍNDROME CACARECO (2010).
Edmon Roch is a journalist with a degree in Art History. He has written, directed and produced five short films, among which the multi-award-winning “Blood” (1994) stands out. His first feature film as a director, “Garbo, the man who saved the world”, a creative documentary that he also wrote and produced, was unheard of in Spain. It won the Goya Award for Best Documentary, two Gaudí Awards for Best Documentary and Best Screenplay and the Giraldillo de Oro for Best European Documentary 2009. The film was voted one of the best films of 2009, both by critics and the Spanish public. and according to Variety magazine, it was “the most talked about documentary in recent years.”
As a writer, in addition to his work as a film critic for various publications, he has written several scripts, including the award-winning medium-length film “Away from the Flock”, about British artist Damien Hirst (1994), “Tic Tac”, by Rosa Vergés ( 1997), “Smalls”, for Immi Pictures (1998), and “Mia Sarah”, by Gustavo Ron (2006). He is also the author of the book “Key Films of War Cinema” (Ed. Ma Non Troppo, 2008).
But perhaps his best known facet is that of Producer, with an outstanding career that includes: “Barcelona”, by Whit Stillman (1994), “El Efecto Mariposa”, by Fernando Colomo, (1995), “Seven Years in Tibet” , by Jean-Jaques Annaud (1997), in which he served as Production Director and “The Last Days of Disco”, by Whit Stillman (1998). He was also the Production Director and Executive Producer of the first and third installments of “Las Maletas De Tulse Luper”, by Peter Greenaway (2002/04).
Already with his company, Ikiru Films, Edmon Roch has been the Executive Producer of “The perfume. Story of a murderer”, by Tom Tykwer (2006) and Producer and Executive Producer of “The moon in bottle”, by Grojo (2007) . He is co-producer of “Biutiful”, by Alejandro González Iñárritu (2010) and “Pope Joan”, by Sönke Wortmann (2009), and has produced “Garbo” (2009), “Lope”, by Andrucha Waddington (2010), ” Bruc “, by Daniel Benmayor (2010),” Phantom Promotion “, by Javier Ruiz Caldera (2012),” The Adventures of Tadeo Jones “, by Enrique Gato (2012),” Seventh “, by Patxi Amezcua (2013),” El Niño ”, by Daniel Monzón (2014),“ Catch the Flag ”, by Enrique Gato (2015),“ Tadeo Jones 2. The Secret of King Midas ”, by Enrique Gato (2017),“ El Cuaderno de Sara ”, by Norberto López Amado (2018), “El Pacto”, by David Victori (2018), “Yucatán”, by Daniel Monzón (2018), “Taxi a Gibraltar”, by Alejo Flah (2019), “El viaje de Marta ( Staff Only) ”, by Neus Ballús (2019),“ Adú ”, by Salvador Calvo (2020), the documentary feature film,“ Sanmao: the bride of the desert ”, by Marta Arribas and Ana Pérez (2020),“ Malnazidos ”, by Javier Ruiz Caldera and Alberto de Toro and “Las Leyes de la Frontera”, by Daniel Monzón (2021), based on the novel by Javier Cercas.
Right now also, Edmon Roch is producing the third part of Tadeo, “Tadeo Jones 3. The curse of the mummy”, by Enrique Gato and filming “A Man of Action” by Javier Ruiz Caldera. He is also immersed in the post-production of “La casa entre los cactus”, by Carlota González-Adrio and “La Niña de la comunión”, by Victor García.
In addition to producing, Edmon Roch has served as Production Director on several of his feature films. Especially noteworthy are “The Butterfly Effect”, by Fernando Colomo, “Seven Years in Tibet”, by Jean-Jaques Annaud, “The Suitcases of Tulse Luper”, by Peter Greenaway, “Lope”, by Andrucha Waddington, “El Niño ”, by Daniel Monzón, with which he also won the Goya Prize and the Gaudí Prize for Best Production Direction,“ El Cuaderno de Sara López Amado and “Yucatán”, by Daniel Monzón.