Estudió en la Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Plata y al salir fundó la empresa publicitaria Cinemanía, en asociación con el director Luis Puenzo. Ganador de 21 premios, entre ellos un Premio Oscar a la mejor película de habla no inglesa, donde participó como director de producción de La historia oficial (1985).
Desde su primer largometraje Tango feroz, la leyenda de Tanguito, basada en la vida del perseguido rockero argentino (Ganadora de dos Cóndor de Plata), Piñeyro traza un camino acompañado por el éxito: fuerte cuota de lirismo, conocimiento y presentación de los códigos juveniles con su carga ideológica propia.
Para su siguiente largometraje elige el formato road-movie. Aunque supera técnica y narrativamente a Tango Feroz, Caballos salvajes no logra desprenderse de un universo publicitario.
Director varias veces laureado, goza de la atención del público tanto como de la crítica más exigente.
2005 El método
2001 Historias de Argentina en Vivo
2000 Plata quemada
1997 Cenizas del paraíso
1995 Caballos salvajes
1993 Tango feroz, la leyenda de Tanguito
Marcelo Piñeyro was born on March 5, 1953 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an award-winning film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Piñeyro studied cinematography at the University of La Plata's School of Fine Arts. In 1980, he and his associate Luis Puenzo founded Cinemania, a Latin American production company.
In 1984, Piñeyro came to international attention as executive producer of The Official Story (directed by Luis Puenzo). In 1985, the film became the first Latin American movie to win an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film.
In 1992, Piñeyro premiered as a director with Tango Feroz (Tanguito, Wild Tango). In Argentina, the film set attendance records and initiated a debate about the country's past. Screened at such film festivals as the Toronto International Film Festival in 1993, the film won several awards including the Premio del Jurado Joven en el Festival de San Sebastián (1993).
Caballos Salvajes (Wild Horses) (1995), Piñeyro's second film as director, became the second-highest attended film in Argentina. It received a number of awards, including the Jury's Special Mention at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. The film also played such festivals as the Mostra Internazionale del Film Venetia and the New Directors/New Films series (1996) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York.
Piñeyro's next film, Cenizas del paraíso (Ashes of Paradise), was produced by Buena Vista International and became one of Argentina's most successful films in 1997. It won a number of international awards, among them the Spanish Goya Award for Best Foreign Film in Spanish and was selected to present Argentina for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. In addition, the film was screened at a number of international film festivals, ranging from the Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2000, Plata quemada (Burnt Money) gained international recognition and reached a considerable audience worldwide. In Uruguay, where a large part of the plot takes place, Plata quemada became even the most viewed film of the year. Screened at international film festivals like Venice, Biarritz, Toronto, and Rio de Janeiro, it also won a number of awards and award nominations.
In 2001, Piñeyro contributed the short film El Dorado to Argentina Vivo 2001, an anthology of shorts by Argentine directors. The following year, his feature Kamchatka played at film festivals in Berlin, Germany, Bahia, Brazil; Miami, Florida, U.S., and Sydney, Australia, and was selected to represent Argentina for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
Piñeyro's most recent movie as of 2007, El método (The Method), premiered in 2005 and was shown at several international film festivals, including the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. It won six Goya Awards (2006), including one for Piñeyro for best adapted script.
Piñeyro has been scripting a new project in collaboration with Marcelo Figueras, with whom Piñeyro had already worked for Plata Quemada and Kamchatka.