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FICCI 58 will pay tribute to Spanish actress Maribel Verdú


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The most nominated actress in the history of the Goya awards is being honored for an artistic career framed in the versatility of her performances, spanning more than five decades. Sensual, submissive, perverse, glamorous, vulgar; a servant, a noble, a commoner –almost all roles seem possible for her. Five of her films will be part of FICCI 58. We will also feature a panel in Salón FICCI, for the greater enjoyment of her authenticity and mettle as an actress.


Maribel Verdú was born in Madrid, in 1970. She made her film debut at the mere age of 13 in the television series La huella del crimen, thanks to Vicente Aranda. After several performances, it was precisely Vicente Aranda who, in Lovers: a True Story (1991), gave her the role that established her professionally, and who paved the road for the Goya nominations, which she has already traveled ten times.

She has garnered many awards, among them an Ariel for Best Actress, in 2006, for her memorable performance in Pan’s Labyrinth, by the Oscar-nominated Guillermo del Toro, and a Goya for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for Siete mesas de billar francés (2007), by Gracia Querejeta, an award she would receive again in 2013 for Snow White, by Pablo Berger, in which she played a jealous, greedy and ruthless witch, who does not think twice about doing whatever is necessary to get the fame and fortune she has been dreaming of since she was a nurse.

Also among the directors she has worked with are Ricardo Franco (Lucky Star, 1997), Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá también, 2001), Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, 1992, Academy Award for Best Foreign Film), and the one and only Francis Ford Coppola (Tetro, 2009), all of them happy to have her for her talent, professionalism, and rare charisma. Cinema, however, is not her only acting platform. Especially in the last years, Maribel has also acted for television and web series, as well as theater of course.

Maribel Verdú will come to FICCI 58 thanks to the support of Foco Cultura España-Colombia y Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) with the following productions:

Director: Vicente Aranda

amantes.jpgSpain. After the civil war, scarcity and austerity dominate the lives of the denizens of Madrid. Trini (Maribel Verdú) works as a housemaid. Paco (Jorge Sanz), her boyfriend for some years with whom she maintains a coy and chaste relationship, comes to Madrid in search of work, having finished his military service. But Luisa (Victoria Abril), a beautiful, immodest, worldly widow, dedicated to fraud, and in whose house Paco will be staying, will get in their way. Vicente Aranda masterfully narrates this labyrinth of passions –based on a true story–, amidst the double standards and extremely difficult times of post-war Spain, in which tragedy can be the only possible outcome. Three top-notch Spanish actors for a classic of Spanish cinema.

Director: Ricardo Franco

labuenaestrella.jpgMarina, the One-Eyed (Maribel Verdú), is a pregnant prostitute who one day has the stroke of luck of her life. While Daniel (Jordi Molla), her friend and lover, is abusing her in the middle of the night in Madrid, a butcher (Antonio Resines) drops by in his van and picks her up. From then on they will build a life together. Star will be born, and they will lead happy and seemingly normal lives together, until Daniel, released from jail, comes back. Lucky Star has that redeemed-Cinderella background, but it goes beyond that: it is a harrowing and profoundly beautiful film about unconditional love, the sort that transcends conventions and all things, and about the difficulty of heeding the dictates of our heart, against those that reason would impose on us. Winner of five Goya awards, this is for many Ricardo Franco’s best film.


Director: Alfonso Cuarón

ytumamatambien.jpgThe friendship between Julio (Gael García Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna) is above all things. Together with a group of friends they have made the society of the “charolastras,” with its own rules in the form of a manifesto. Barely out of adolescence, they act and think under the grip of all excesses, especially venereal. Having met Luisa (Maribel Verdú) at a wedding, they decide to set out with her on a road trip to the beach. On the road –disseminated by numerous “parentheses” in the form of voice-over reflections on contemporary Mexico– secrets start unveiling, and passions unleashing, all under the signature lens of the multiple Academy-Award-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Winner of Best Screenplay in Venice and nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars, the erotically-charged Y tu mamá también is rightly credited for having launched Alfonso Cuarón’s current and successful Hollywood career.

Director: Guillermo del Toro

elalaberintodelfauno.jpgIt’s 1944. Ofelia, a literature lover in her early teens, travels with her mother to a military station where Franco’s troops fight the last republican strongholds. Waiting for them there is Captain Vidal, Ofelia’s step-father, whose child her mother bears. From her arrival, the world of fairies and fauns becomes alive to test whether she is the true lost princess of a magical underground world. In the daytime world, the real world, Mercedes (Maribel Verdú), the cruel captain’s housekeeper who secretly helps the guerrilla soldiers, will be Ofelia’s accomplice and only friend after her mother’s death during childbirth. Pan’s Labyrinth is not just the film that established Guillermo del Toro (six Oscar nominations and three wins: Best Makeup, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction). It is an extraordinary and fascinating fairy tale, a magical film, of a shocking visual power, that takes the drama of the Spanish civil war into the land of a girl’s imagination.


Director: Pablo Berger

blancanieves.jpgPablo Berger revamps the classic and familiar Brothers Grimm tale into an engaging and unique fable. Adopting the quintessential canons of the silent film era –black and white of course, and a brilliant soundtrack–, Berger reconstructs the old story of the witch, the helpless girl, the dwarfs, and the poisoned apple, in Seville during the 20s, amidst the glamour and the sophistication of Andalusian mantillas and embroideries, bullfighters and farm houses. Jealous, greedy, and ruthless, Maribel Verdú shines with her own light as the story’s evil witch who does not think twice about doing whatever is necessary to get the fame and fortune she has been dreaming of since she was a nurse. 10 Goya awards, including Best Film and Best Actress for Maribel Verdú, a Special Jury Prize in San Sebastian, an Ariel for Best Ibero-American film… the award list goes on and on for this visually and aesthetically unforgettable film.










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