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Spanish Film Day

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Thursday, 3 March, 2011 - 00:00
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North East
Tyneside Cinema

The next in our programme of succesful film study days for VIth formers in the North East in collaboration with the Tyneside Cinema will feature the film Maria full of Grace (María llena eres de gracia).

This is a 2004 joint Colombian-American film, written and directed by Joshua Marston, who won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Although the movie depicts rural life in Colombia, it was actually filmed in Ecuador. The title is a double-entendre alluded to on the poster—a simultaneous reference to the Hail Mary and to what Maria carries in her into the United States.

Lead actress Catalina Sandino Moreno was named Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in the 77th Academy Awards. She is one of three Hispanic actresses to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, together with Mexican actress Salma Hayek for Frida (2002) and Spanish actress Penelope Cruz for Volver (2006).

For a plot synopsis please click here.