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Carmen Maura

  • Carmen Maura © Quique Fidalgo / EL MUNDO

    Carmen Maura © Quique Fidalgo / EL MUNDO

  

Speciality

Film

 

 

Date of birth

Sep 15, 1945
  


"Actress. A muse for Almodovar during the 80s and winner of four Goya film awards."

Carmen García Maura is born in Madrid in 1945. She studies Philosophy and Letters, languages and Fine Arts in Paris. “Las gatas tienen frío” marks her film debut in 1969. Her first success was “Tigres de papel” by Fernando Colomo. During the countercultural “movida madrileña” movement she meets Pedro Almodovar and together film his first production, “Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón” (1980). Many of her best performances, like the character Pepa in “Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios”, have been under the orders of this Manchegan director. Maura has acted in over 50 movies, working with the most prominent Spanish film directors. Likewise, she is also very successful in film productions from other countries, especially France.

Awards

National Film Award (1988)
Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France (1996)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1999)
Silver Shell for Best Actress at the International San Sebastian Film Festival (2000)
Best Actress at the International Cannes Film Festival (2006)
Cesar Award for Best Actress in a Supporting  Role (2012)
Donostia Award. San Sebastian International Film Festival (2013)

Essential works

  • ¡Ay, Carmela! © EFE

    ¡Ay, Carmela! (interpretation)

    A bitter sweet comedy set in the divided sides of Spain facing each other in the Civil War, winner of 13 Goya awards.

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  • What Have I Done to Deserve This? © EFE

    What have i done to deserve this? (interpretation)

    This comedy by Pedro Almodóvar combines surrealist humour and devastating moments, with a touch of film noir.

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  • Poster. Volver © EFE

    Volver (interpretation)

    Almodóvar has once again gained numerous awards and nominations for this mixture of comedy and drama on guilt and loneliness.
     

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  • A still from the film «Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown» by Pedro Almodóvar © EL DESEO, D.A., S.L.U.

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (interpretation)

    Pedro Almodóvar was nominated for his first Oscar for this entertaining and internationally successful comedy.
     

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