Nacho Cerdà (born 1969) is a Spanish film director best known for his controversial 1994 film, ‘Aftermath’. One year after producing that movie, he was accused of being the person behind the infamous alien autopsy footage. However, this accusation has been withdrawn since after Ray Santilli was found to be the director.
Aftermath is the second in a trilogy of short films known as ‘La Trilogia De La Muerte’ (The Trilogy of Death). The first film, ‘Awakening’, runs for only 8 minutes. Created in 1990, it tells of a boy for whom time stops upon falling asleep in a classroom, only later realising that he had actually died and was experiencing an out-of-body phenomena. The 1994 sequel, ‘Aftermath’, runs at a significantly longer time of 32 minutes, which depicts defilement, mutilation, and necrophilia (see Necrophilia in popular culture for more). The 35 minute finale, ‘Genesis’ (1998), shows the life of a sculptor whose artwork comes to life while he turns to stone, his work gradually consuming him. The trilogy represents the three stages of life, and in each instance, Cerdà shows how vulnerable we are to the whims of elements beyond our control; time, others, and material possessions respectively.
Cerdà also directed The Abandoned which is about an American film producer who returns to her homeland, Russia, to discover the truth about her family history. The film was first released in the US as part of the After Dark Horrorfest in November 2006. The film received a stand alone release in theaters in February 2007. The DVD was released on June 19, 2007.