Born in 1976, Claudia Llosa attended the prestigious Anglo-Peruvian secondary school Newton College in her hometown of Lima, then earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of Lima. In the late 1990s Llosa relocated from Peru to Spain, where she enrolled in the graduate film program at the Escuela TAI school, then worked for an advertising agency in Barcelona while authoring her debut script on the side, which was produced as a feature entitled Madeinusa in 2005. Drawing heavily from Peruvian myth and lore, the story unfolds during a religious festival that spans Good Friday through Easter Sunday, when nothing counts as a sin. The picture was a festival and arthouse success, netting such honors as Best Original Screenplay at the Havana International Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Her next feature, Milk of Sorrow (2009), was an arthouse and critical hit, especially in the United States, where it was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar. Llosa went into production on her third feature Aloft in 2014 and the film received a Golden Bear nomination at the Berlinale and was also selected for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.