Spanish Actress at Instituto Cervantes’ Película
Spanish film aficionados had the opportunity to meet and chat with Y tu mamá también actress Maribel Verdú, who presented Blancanieves and Felices 140 last night at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1after the 7 p.m. screening.
One of the main actresses of contemporary Spanish cinema, Verdú began acting at 13, appearing in various commercials, then jumped to cinema. Her role in Amantes (1991) by Vicente Aranda marked a turning point in her screen career. Thereafter she has worked with some of the best Spanish directors: Fernando Trueba in the Oscar-awarded Belle Époque (1992); Bigas Luna in Huevos de Oro (1993); and Carlos Saura in Goya en Burdeos, amongst others. On the international stage, her career hit a highpoint when she starred in Y tu mamá también (2001) by Alfonso Cuarón, followed by Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) by Guillermo del Toro. She also has worked for Francis Ford Coppola in Tetro (2009). Several times nominated for the Goya Awards -the most important prize in Spanish cinema-, she finally received one for her role in Siete mesas de billar francés (Seven Billiard Tables, 2007), and repeated with Blancanieves (2012).
The Spanish Film Festival has traditionally been graced by the presence of foreign filmmakers. In this edition, aside from Verdú, other filmmakers will present their works. On Oct. 12, at 9:30 pm, Spanish journalist Ramón Vilaró will premiere in the Philippines his film De aliados a masacrados (2014), a documentary about how the Filipino-Spanish population of Manila was decimated during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during the Second World War. On the following day,, the Czech filmmaker Lenka Kny will present her comedy Milagro en Praga (2013), and will have an open forum after the screening. The romantic comedy film is about two families, a Mexican family and a Czech family, who cross paths in Prague over the Christmas holidays. The screening is co-presented by the Embassy of Mexico and the Embassy of the Czech Republic.
Until Oct.18, Película-Pelikula, the Spanish Film Festival, features the best of contemporary Spanish cinema at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas.