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EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2018

The EFA honours Carmen Maura

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- The European Film Academy will present its honorary Lifetime Achievement Award to Carmen Maura in recognition of her outstanding career

The EFA honours Carmen Maura
Actress Carmen Maura (© Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España/Alberto Ortega)

At the first European Film Awards (EFAs) in 1988, Carmen Maura received the Award for Best Actress for Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which she also scooped a Spanish Goya Award. She also collaborated with Almodóvar in Law of Desire (1987) and Volver [+see also:
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 (2006), for which she received the Best Actress Award at Cannes and a Goya Award for Best Lead Actress.

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At the third European Film Awards in 1990, Maura again received the EFA for Best Actress of the Year, this time in Ay, Carmela! by Carlos Saura, for which she also won another Goya.

Throughout her impressive career, Carmen Maura has worked with Fernando Trueba (Move Over, Mrs. Markham, 1985), Mario Camus (Shadows in a Conflict, 1993) and Agustí Villaronga (Carta a Eva, 2012). For her role as Julia in Alex de la Iglesia’s Common Wealth (2000), she received the Silver Shell Award at San Sebastián in addition to a Goya. 

Outside her native Spain, she has also worked with French directors André Techiné (Alice and Martin, 1998), Etienne Chatiliez (Le bonheur, 1995) and Philippe Le Guay (The Women on the 6th Floor [+see also:
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, 2010, for which she received a French César Award for Best Supporting Actress), with Francis Ford Coppola (Tetro [+see also:
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, 2009) and with Argentinian director Alejandro Agresti (Valentín [+see also:
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, 2002).

Maura is a Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters, and she has received both the Excellence Award from Locarno and the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award. She will be the honorary guest at the 31st European Film Awards ceremony on 15 December in Seville, Spain.

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