Spanish filmmaker Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón learned his craft at the Escuela Oficial de Cinematografía. After graduating in 1970, he made Habla, Mudita/Speak, Little Mute (1973), which won awards at the Berlin Film Festival as did his sophomore film Camada Negra/Black Litter (1977). In addition to his work in feature films, Gutiérrez Aragón has dabbled in theater and television direction. In the latter medium, he is best known for his elaborate adaptation of the first half of Cervantes' Don Quijote. Though he was also planning to film the second half, financial difficulties at Radiotelevisíon deemed this impossible. In 1993, Gutiérrez Aragón became the first film director to become the president of the Sociedad General de Autores de España.