Spanish director Joaquín Jordà studied law in Barcelona prior to entering the Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematográficas; he left the prestigious film school in 1958 without graduating. His major contribution to his country's cinema was his key role in the "Escuela Barcelona" style of filmmaking, in which Jordà functioned as a director, screenwriter, and executive producer. Jordà escaped government oppression in 1969 and settled in Italy where he made films on behalf of the Italian Communist Party. The director returned to his native land in 1973, after which Jordà primarily worked as a screenwriter. His 1990 film El Encargo del Casador/The Hunter's Assignment was designed to pay tribute to his colleague of the "Escuela Barcelona," Jacinto Esteva.