History's HEROES? Dated 1973 -

Albert Espinosa

Created by

Lucia D.B.

Location

Barcelona
He was born there and then, at the age of 14, he was diagnosed with cancer and spent the next ten years there in and out of hospitals.

Achievements

  • 2003 “ Butaca prize for best theatrical text for the act Your life in '65.
  • 2004 “ Basque Film Award for Best Screenplay for 4th floor.
  • 2004 “ SAG Award for Best Screenplay for TV movie for Tempus fugit.
  • 2004 “ Golden Nymph for Best Screenplay at the Monte Carlo Television Festival by Tempus Fugit.
  • 2006 “ Award for the work BCN Theater Idaho and Utah (Lullabies for Sick Babies).
  • 2007 “ Award Barcelona Cinema for Best Screenplay for Your Life in 65.

Characteristics

  • Brave / Courageous
  • A good and strong leader
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Determined
  • Ambitious
  • Honest
  • Kind and compassionate

External link

Visit this two websites to have a look on a interview with Albert Espinosa

Quotations

"I always say that I have to live my life as well as those of my friends who did not beat cancer. I'm living 4.7 lives." - Albert Espinosa

"I was 15 years old when I lost my leg but I was lucky enough to give it a farewell party. The night before it was amputated, my doctor told me to give it a party. And so I did." - Albert Espinosa

The writer who gave hope to thousands of cancer patients by publishing his own life story

Albert Espinosa, educated as an industrial engineer, is a screenwriter, playwright, writer, newspaper columnist, actor and director of Spanish cinema.

In his adolescence, he lost a leg, a lung and part of his liver. Espinosa's book 'The Yellow World', written by the age of 24, is an account of his battle with cancer. It is a positive book that is full of humour and the desire to live. Of it, he said: 'I do not talk about cancer; I talk about what I learned from cancer, everything it taught me for everyday life.' In addition, his work has been described as combination of the fantastic, tenderness and humour. Espinosa's experiences of growing up in hospital have marked his creative work. As screenwriter and co-producer, Espinosa adapted his book with the Spanish series 'Polseres vermelles' for the screen in 2011 - with great success. Currently, the series is adapted in 13 countries and broadcasted in 18 countries. In Germany, the Dramedy-series is called 'Club der roten Bänder' (club of red bracelets) and is broadcasted since 9th November 2015 on VOX. The series shows the everyday life of several adolescents in a hospital. The protagonists are based on friendships, which Albert has built in this time.

Life in Albert Espinosa's world

Certainly, Albert's everyday life in the hospitals was not easy. Nevertheless, he always had this positive way to look at things and situations. For example, he once said: 'It is not sad to die, but sad to not live your life intensive enough.' and 'I did not lose a leg, but gain a stump.'

Was Albert Espinosa a Hero?

  • In Spain, after the publication of his book, the visits at the children's medical unit increased to 40 percent.
  • He gave hope to many young cancer patients.
  • In Italy, a child said to him, that his heroes did not wear red capes, but red bracelets.
  • He spreads many positive thoughts.
  • The protagonists in his series became heroes for the people. Although they are not perfect (they have only one leg or arm, they have no hair¦), the people love them because of their lust for life.
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