EFA Honours Carmen Maura

The European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting the honorary LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to Carmen Maura for her outstanding career.


Picture courtesy of Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España, photographer: Alberto Ortega

At the initial European Film Awards (EFAs) in 1988, Carmen Maura received the award for Best Actress in Pedro Almodóvar’s WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, for which she also got a Spanish Goya award. She also collaborated with Almodóvar in LAW OF DESIRE (1987) and in VOLVER (2006) for which she received the Best Actress Award in Cannes and a Goya for Best Lead Actress.

At the 3rd European Film Awards in 1990 Carmen 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 Seashell award in San Sebastian and a Goya.  

Outside her native Spain, she 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, 2010, for which she received a French César Award for Best Supporting Actress), with Francis Ford Coppola (TETRO, 2009), and with Argentian director Alejandro Agresti (VALENTÍN, 2002).

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

Berlin, 26 July 2018

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