HONORARY GOLDEN SPIKES 2017 - Emma Suárez
Actress in cinema, theater, and television, Emma Suárez (Madrid, 1964) made her debut on the big screen with Memorias de Leticia Valle [Memoirs of Leticia Valle] (1980), directed by Miguel Ángel Rivas, alongside cast members Fernando Rey and Héctor Alterio. This experience began an extraordinary career, in which, during the 1980s, Suárez worked under the direction of filmmakers like José Luis Borau (Tata mía [Dear Nanny]), José Luis Garci (Sesión continua [Double Feature]), Isabel Coixet (Demasiado viejo para morir joven [Too Old To Die Young]), and Juan Miñon (La blanca paloma [The White Dove]).
With the arrival of the 1990s came Suárez’s collaborations with Julio Medem (Vacas [Cows], La ardilla roja [The Red Squirrel], Tierra [Earth]) and successes like Sobreviviré [I Will Survive] (directed by Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes). This time period also includes her performances in the films of Jaime Chávarri (Besos para todos [Kisses for Everyone]), Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (Visionarios [Visionaires] and El caballero Don Quijote [Don Quixote, Knight Errant]), Manuel Matji (Horas de luz [Hours of Light], which would earn Suárez a Goya nomination), and Pau Freixas (Héroes [Forever Young]).
Suárez was awarded a Goya in 1996 for her work in El perro del hortelano [The Dog in the Manger] by Pilar Miró. Last year marked one of the most distinguished achievements of her career while at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s awards ceremony. She won both of the categories she was up for, Best Leading Actress for Julieta, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, and Best Supporting Actress for La próxima piel [The Next Skin], by Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Field. Among her accolades is the award for Best Actress of the Festival, which she won in the 55th edition of Seminci for her role in Agustí Vila’s La mosquitera [The Mosquito Net].