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HONORARY GOLDEN SPIKES 2017 - Marisa Paredes

Marisa Paredes (©Nico)

Actress Marisa Paredes (Madrid, 1946) made her film debut at the age of 14. Since then, she has taken part in almost twenty plays, a dozen television series, and 75 films, working under the likes of Jaime Chávarri, Gonzalo Suárez, Fernando Trueba, José Luis Borau, Enrique Urbizu, Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi, Agustí Villaronga, and Pedro Almodóvar.

Almodóvar, with whom she had already worked on Entre tinieblas [Dark Habits] (1986), chose her to be the protagonist of Tacones lejanos [High Heels] (1991). This film would launch her international career, as afterwards she went on to take part in productions in Italy, France, and Mexico. These works include Profundo carmesí [Deep Crimson] (1996) and El coronel no tiene quien le escriba [No One Writes to the Colonel] (1999), both by Arturo Ripstein; La vida es bella [Life is Beautiful] (1997) by Roberto Benigni; El espinazo del diablo [The Devil’s Backbone] (2001), by Guillermo del Toro; and new collaborations with Almodóvar: La flor de mi secreto [The Flower of My Secret] (1995), Todo sobre mi madre [All About My Mother] (1999), and La piel que habito [The Skin I Live In] (2011).

Paredes served as president of the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences between 2000 and 2003. She has received numerous awards, such as the National Cinematography Award, the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts, and Grand Vermeil Medal of the Ville de Paris. These are in addition to cinematographic prizes in international festivals like Karlovy Vary, Taormina, Gramado, Gijón and Málaga.

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