8. 3. 2016

Febiofest will welcome Pedro Almodóvar’s muse, actress Carmen Maura

Carmen Maura

Carmen Maura, who was born in Madrid, has portrayed about a hundred and forty film and TV roles, and was the lead actress at the National Theatre in Madrid. Maura has often starred in Pedro Almodóvar’s films and also inspired him as his muse. Maura’s portrayal of a transsexual woman in Almodóvar’s 1987 film Law of Desire made her an icon of the gay community, and both her and Almodóvar’s stars have been on the rise ever since. Almodóvar’s international success followed shortly thereafter as his film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, starring Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas, was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988. It was 18 years later that Maura shot Volver, her next film with Almodóvar eighteen years later. Volver’s entire female ensemble (including Maura and Penélope Cruz) won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes IFF. Maura has received the Goya Best Actress Award, the Spanish Oscar, four times. For her part of Pepi in Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom, Maura received the Best Actress Award at the Cannes IFF and the Best Actress Award from the European Film Academy. Maura received the Goya Award and the European Felix Award for her lead role in the film ¡Ay, Carmela! set at dramatic end of civil war and directed by Carlos Saura, the legendary Spanish director. Febiofest visitors will not only see Carmen Maura in ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990), but also in the French/Swiss black comedy Vanity about euthanasia.

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