Manuel Alvarez Diestro

(Santander, 1972) is a photographer and filmmaker focusing his work in Architecture and the contemporary city.



(Feature Films as Film Director)

TRAINS BOUND FOR THE SEA- MOLODIST International Film Festival, (FORMA) June 2021, Kiev, Ukraine
TRAINS BOUND FOR THE SEA- Festival de Lugo (semana de cine de autor) 18-23 sep 2021 - Lugo, Spain
TRAINS BOUND FOR THE SEA- Cinemistica 2023, Granada, Spain
TRAINS BOUND FOR THE SEA- ZONAZINE, Malaga Film Festival, Aug 2020, Spain



(short films as Director/Producer)

“Mechanical Sea”, Antimatter Media Art, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Oct 2022.
“Mechanical Sea”, Perth Revelation Film Festival, Perth, Australia, April 2022
“THE TRADER”, Sound of Silent Film Festival, Chicago, apr 2022
“THE TRADER”, Delete TV (online film festival), jun 2020
“APM”, 16 Transterritorial de Cine Underground, Buenos Aires, Argentina - 31 oct 2019
“APM”, Festival Cinemistica, Granada, Spain - Nov 2019
“APM”, Cinetekton, International Film & Architecture Film Festival, Puebla, Mexico - Nov 2019
“APM”, Ponferrada International Film Festival, Ponferrada, Spain - Oct 2019
“APM”, Suburbinale film festival, Vienna, Austria - September 2019
“THE TRADER”, Art Quake Kyoto (Crativity Biennale of Art), Kyoto, Japan - Apr 2019
“THE TRADER”, Zoom International Film Festival, Feb 2018, Jalenia Gora, Poland
“THE TRADER”, Festival Internatiional du Film de Nancy, Sep 2017, Nancy, France
“THE TRADER”, Brooklyn Film Festival, Jun 2017, New York, USA
“THE TRADER”, Ischia Film Festival, Jun 2017, Ischia, Italy
“THE TRADER”, Pielagos en Corto Film Festival, May 2017, Pielagos, Spain
“THE TRADER”, Cine Autopsia, May 2017, Bogota, Colombia
“THE TRADER”, Ecozine Film Festival, Apr 2017, Zaragoza, Spain
“THE TRADER”, Fargo Film Festival, Mar 2017, Fargo, USA
“THE TRADER” Speechless Film Festival, Apr 2017, Mankato, USA
“THE TRADER”, Portland International Film Festival, Mar 2017, Portland, USA
“THE TRADER, Oxford Film Festival, Feb, 2017, Oxford, USA “THE TRADER”, MVFF hosted by the California Film Festival, San Rafael, USA
“THE TRADER”, Festival International de Cine Silente Nov 2016, Puebla, Mexico
“THE TRADER”, Pentedatilo Film Festival, Nov 2016, Pentedattilo, Italy
“Displacements”, Montenegro Film Festival, Aug 2015, Herceg Novi, Montenegro
“Displacements”, Teheran Silent International Film Festival, Apr 2015, Teheran, Iran
“Displacements” Regensburg International Film Festival”, 25 March, 2015
“Displacements” Chicago Underground Film Festival”, 17th May 2015, Chicago, USA
“Displacements” Little Rock Film Festival, 12th May 2015, Little Rock, USA
“Displacements” Zoom International Film Festival, Feb 2015, Jalenia Gora, Poland
“Displacements” Fargo Film Festival”, 28 Feb 2015, Fargo, USA
“Displacements” Oxford International Film Festival, 28Feb 2015, Oxford, USA
“Displacements”: Exground Filmfest, Nov 2014, Wiesbaden, Germany
“Displacements”: Greenfest Film Festival Nov Oct 2014, Belgrade, Serbia
“Displacements” Luksuz Film Festival, 5th Dec, 2015, Krsko, Solovania
“Displacements”: UK Film Festival, Nov 2014, London UK
“Displacements”: Southampton International Film Festival, Oct 2014, Southampton, UK
“Never Again this Flower”: Ponferrada Film Festival, Oct 2014, Leon, Spain
“Displacements”: Cine de Septiembre, Oct 2014, Mazatlan, Mexico
“Displacements”: Shorts Shorts Film Festival, Sep 2014, Mexico DF, Mexico
“Displacements”: “Seoul International New Media”, Sep 2014, Seoul, South Korea
“Displacements”: Guanajuato International Film Festival, Aug 2014, Guanajuato, Mexico
“Displacements”: Festival de Cinema de Girona, Aug 1014, Girona, Spain
“Displacements” IVAHM 14 - International Video Art House, June 2014, Madrid, Spain
“Displacements”: “Perth Revelation Film Festival”, Aug 2014, Perth, Australia
“Displacements” Frozen Film Festival, July 2014, San Francisco, USA
“Displacements” Concorto Film Festival, 25 October 2014, Piacenza, Italy
“Displacements” Festival de Cine Ciudad de Astorga, Sep 2015, Astorga, Spain
“Displacements”: London Independent Film Festival, apr 2014, London, UK
“Displacements”: Belgrade Documentary and Shorts Film Festival, 2-6 Apr 2014, Serbia
“Displacements”: Speechless Film Festival, 20-22 March, Mankato USA
“Displacements”: Festival International du Film d´environnement, 4-11feb 2014, Paris. France
“Never Again This Flower”: Malaga International Film Festival, March 2014, Malaga, Spain
“Never Again This Flower”: Molodist International Film Festival, Oct 2013 Kiev, Ukraine,
“Never Again This Flower” ZINEBI, Nov 2013 Bilbao, Spain
“Never Again This Flower”, ABYCINE 2013, 25oct - 01Nov 2013, Albacete, Spain
“Never Again this Flower”, Bunter Hund short film Festival, October 2013, Munich, Germany
“Displacements”: “Message to Man Film Festival”, 21-28 Sept 2013, Saint Petersburg, Russia



(Excludes news on exhibitions)

PUBLICO - o obvio paralelismo entre Benidorm e Hong-Kong, 16 June 2023

ARQUITECTURA VIVA. “Egyptian Cemeteries” de Manuel Alvarez Diestro, 21 mar, 2023

EL PERIODICO, “La conquista del espacio” de Manuel Alvarez Diestro, 21 aug, 2022

ARQUITECTURA VIVA. “High Speed Cities” de Manuel Alvarez Diestro, 30 June, 2021 DOMUS WEB, “China High Speed Cities”, June 2021

CONSENTINO (paper edition) “Iran’s New Landscapes”, 2020

A PUNT Media, Interview on TV about Benidorm Empty Hotels, Dec 2020

ATHENS VOICE, Interview about Benidorm Empty Hotels, 12 Dec 2020

DOMUS WEB, “Empty Hotels in Benidorm as a metaphor of the moment”, 01 dec 2020

ELLE DECOR, “Interview about Benidorm Empty Hotels”, 06 dec 2020

PUBLICO, “A covid -19 Esvaziou os hotéis de Benidorm” by Mariana Duraes, 23 Nov 2020

ITS LIQUID, “DOHA by Manuel Alvarez Diestro”, 25 sep 2020

CNN (Arabic), Interview to Manuel Alvarez Diestro on “Dubai”, May 2020.

KOOZARCH, “Interview about “The new landscape of Iran”, May 2020

ELLE DECOR, “Nuovi Quartieri Di Teheran” written article by Stefano Annovazzi , May 2020

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, (Middle East Edition) “Dubai”, April 2020

OPENLAB, “Interview to Manuel Alvarez Diestro”, November 2019

VOSTOK ARTS MAGAZINE, “Dystopia” (paper edition) March 2019

FARE MAGAZINE, “Seoul Bridges” (paper edition), March 2019

ARCHDAILY, “Toronto’s apartments”, researched article by Evan Pavka, Feb 2018

ARCHDAILY, “Doha”, researched article by Zoya Gul Hasan, Oct 2017

LOG JOURNAL, “Korean Church”, Postcard Edition, number 40, Jul 2017

ARCHDAILY, “Beirut Mountain”, reviewed by Thomas Musca, May 2017

HARPER’S BAZAAR, “Manuel Alvarez Diestro”, paper edition, Dec 2016

WIRED MAGAZINE, “Seoul Bridges” reviewed by Laura Mallonee, Sep 2016

ITS NICE THAT, “Seoul Bridges” reviewed by Owen Pritchard, Aug 2016

ARCHDAILY, “Korean New Towns” reviewed by Marie Chatel, Jul 2016

ARQUITECTURA VIVA PROYECTOS, “New Cairo/Dystopia”, paper edition, Oct 2015

THE ATLANTIC, “Seoul Bridges” reviewed by John Metcalfe, Sep 2016

THE ATLANTIC, “Alexandria Apartments” reviewed by John Metcalfe, Apr 2015

THE ATLANTIC, “Pigeon Towers” reviewed by John Metcalfe, Sep 2014

BOUNDARIES ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE, “Architecture and Utopia”, paper, Dec 2013

DOMUS WEB, “New Thames”, Domus Magazine, Jan 2014

IT’S NICE THAT, “Amphitheaters” reviewed by Maisie Skidmore, Nov 2013

ENGAWA 13, “Mountains against Mountains, paper edition, Apr 2013

THE ATLANTIC CITIES, “Amphitheaters” reviewed by John Metcalfe, Nov 2013

FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE, “Playgrounds of the world”, May 2013

TOPOS MAGAZINE, “Gated City in the Desert”, paper edition, number 82, Mar 2013

MONU, MAGAZINE ON URBANISM, “New Cairo”, paper edition, Sep 2012

MARK MAGAZINE, “Letter from Cairo”, paper edition, Jan/Feb 2011

BLUEPRINT MAGAZINE, Architecture & Design, “London Construction Walls”, Jun 2012 and “New Cairo”, paper edition, July 2010

Other leading design publications, DEZEEN (3 articles), FUBIZ (3 articles), Desigboom (32) articles) and Arquitectura Viva (18 articles)

Art Exhibits

MUSEO DE AGUAS ALICANTE- “The Caves of Steel” from 15 June - 15 sept, Alicante, Spain

COACAM (Espacio Ricardo Lorenzo) - “The Caves of Steel” curated by Arancha Vidal, Dec 2022, Santander, Spain

CENTRO CIVICO TABACALERA, “Santander Transversal”, curated by Arancha Vidal, July 2021, Santander, Spain

Dongshisangyoung, “Displacements”, Seoul, South Korea, sept 2019

AHAF 2018, "Boxification", 23- 27 Aug, 2018, Intercontinental Grand Seoul Hotel, Seoul, South Korea

PALBOK ART FACTORY, "Boxification", 10-25 Aug 2018, Jeonju, South Korea

CAVERNA DE LA LUZ – “El fantasma en la maquina”, curated by Lidia Gil, Jan 2018, Santander, Spain

FUNDACION VALVI – “Natural”, curated by Magui Noguer, June 2015, Gerona, Spain BACKLIGHT PHOTO FESTIVAL – “Distant Natures” curated by Tuula Alajoki, Oct-Nov 2014, Tampere, Finland

JUST AFRICA – “Kairo”, curated by Olof Lof, 28 Jan to 21 Mar 2012, Stockholm, Sweden

CAIRO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, “Trazos de Identidad”, Oct 2010, Cairo, Egypt

Group Exhibits

VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, “Future Landscapes”, May10-June 03 2021,

The Room Contemporary Art Space, Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, Venice, Italy

ARTE PEATONAL “Paisaje Vacíos”, from Dec 15 to March 31 2020, Santander, Spain

ARTE LISBOA 2010, from 24 Nov to 28 Nov 2010, Lisboa, Portugal

FORO SUR 2010, Iberoamerican Festival of Contemporary Art”, april 2010, Caceres, Spain

MUSEUM OF THE MEDITERRANEAN "Waste Collection" May 2010, Stockholm, Sweden

ARTE SANTANDER 2009, from 22 to 26 July, Santander, Spain Del Sol St. Gallery, “at this moment”, from 19 june to 11 july 2009, Santander, Spain

Competitions/ Awards

TRAINS BOUD FOR THE SEA - honorable mention at ciclo cine de autor - Festival Semana de Cine de Lugo.

GOLD WIINER for “Boxification” (single winner) for the Budapest Foto Awards, 2019

Honorable mention for “Seoul Bridges” at the Tokyo International Foto Awards, Jan 2019

Best Experimental Film for THE TRADER, Oxford International Film Festival, Feb 2017, USA

Best Experimental Film for THE TRADER, Speechless Film Festival, Mankato, USA 2017

Best Experimental Film for THE TRADER, Festival Internacional de Cine Silente , Nov 2016, Puebla, Mexico

Special Mention for THE TRADER, Fargo Film Festival, Mars 2017

Jury Prize III, for Displacements, Short Waves Film Festival, Poznan, Poland, 2015

Best Experimental Film for DISPLACEMENTS, Intendence Film Festival, Denver, USA, 2015

Special Mention for Displacements, Cap Spartel Film Festival, Tangier, Morocco, 2015

Winner Best Experimental Short-film, for Displacements, SPEECHLESS FILM FESTIVAL, Mankato USA, 2014

First Accessit in Short-film for Displacements “Nueva Creacio”, GIRONA FILM FESTIVAL, Girona Spain, 2014

Best Editing in short documentary for Displacements, Southampton Film Festival, Southampton UK, 2014

Special Mention for Displacements, Greenfest Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia 2014

Finalist for Never Again This Flower” “Architecture section” Ponferrada Film Festival, Spain 2014

Winner Best Experimental Film for Displacements at UK Film Festival , London, UK 2014

“Pyramids” photographic series selected for “Descubrimientos” PHE 2012, May, Madrid, Spain

Winner with Algiers Parabolic Facades “Log journal” First Postcard Competition, New York, 2009

Collections/ Other

Museum of Modern Art, Santander (MAS)

Fundacion Valvi

Manuel became Honorary Citizen in the city of Jeounju, South Korea, Sep 2017