Victoria Abril (born Victoria Merida Rojas, July 4, 1959) is a highly respected Spanish film actress. She is most known to international audiences for her performance in the movie ¡Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) by director Pedro Almodóvar.
Victoria Abril was born in Madrid. Besides working in Spain she also made films in France, where she resides, and Italy. She has been nominated eight times for Goya Awards in the Lead Actress category and has won once.
She is also a singer; in 2005 she released her debut, a bossanova-jazz album called PutchEros do Brasil. She tried to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979 with "Bang-Bang-Bang" but came second last with just one point in the national final, losing to Betty Missiego with 26 out of a maximum 29.
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Tirant lo Blanc is a 2006 Spanish film based on the 1490 Catalan language epic romance of the same name. It was directed by Vicente Aranda. It stars Casper Zafer as the title character, Esther Nubiola as Carmesina, Victoria Abril as Viuda Reposada, and Leonor Watling as Placerdemivida.
The film was shot in English, even though it was shot partially in Spain and stars Spanish actors. According to Bernat Baldomero, press chief of the film's production company, "the film was shot in English to universalize the work and spread our literature and culture all over the world". ...,
Bendito infierno (released as Sin noticias de Dios in Spain and in English as Don't Tempt Me) is a Mexico/Spain co-production. The screenplay for this comedy film was written especially for Penélope Cruz and Victoria Abril by the award-winning Spanish writer and director Agustín Díaz Yanes of Nadie hablará de nosotras cuando hayamos muerto.This movie was nominated to the Goya Awards in 2002 in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actress (Victoria Abril) and Best Supporting Actor (Gael García Bernal).The movie earned Demián Bichir the "Best Bichir in a movie" MTV Movie Awards-Mexico in 2003.In Heaven the last ten years have been tough -- Hell has been winning the battle between Good and Evil. The managers of Heaven receive a request by a mother to save her son's soul and see opportunity of winning the soul of a boxer named Many(Demián Bichir) as an opportunity to shift the balance of power. An angel (Victoria Abril) Lola is sent to Earth to take over the role of the boxer's wife. To...
101 Reykjavík (pronunciation (help·info)) is an award winning film set in Reykjavík, Iceland based on a book of the same name by Hallgrímur Helgason. It was made in 2000 and was directed by Baltasar Kormákur.
The film stars Victoria Abril, Hilmir Snær Guðnason and a host of other Icelandic actors and actresses. The name of the film is taken from the postal code for down-town Reykjavík, "the old city".
The film won 9 B-class film awards and received 10 nominiations most notably winning the Discovery Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Named after a postcode of the Icelandic capital, where the main scenes take place, this is the story of the geek Hlynur (Hilmir Snær Guðnason). Approaching the grand old age of 30, he still lives with his mother, downloads cyberporn and wanders around Reykjavík half-heartedly searching for a job while spending lots of time in Kaffibarinn, the central Reykjavík bar which just happens to be owned by writer/director Baltasar Kormákur...,
Jimmy Hollywood is an American comedy film starting Joe Pesci and Christian Slater.Jimmy Alto (Pesci) is an actor wannabe who stumbles into the role of a lifetime. He becomes a vigilante crime-fighter, aided by his sidekick William (Slater), who has suffered a head wound and has problems with short-term memory. Jimmy's vigilante alter ego soon becomes a media wonder--but Jimmy remains a total unknown and his long-suffering girl friend Lorraine (Victoria Abril) is getting fed up with the whole situation.Man of the Year •Envy •Bandits •An Everlasting Piece •Liberty Heights •Sphere •Wag the Dog •Sleepers •Disclosure •Jimmy Hollywood •Toys •Bugsy •Avalon •Rain Man •Good Morning, Vietnam •Tin Men •Young Sherlock Holmes •The Natural •Diner,
Kika is a 1993 Pedro Almodóvar film starring Verónica Forqué as the title character.
Kika (Forqué), a young, bubbly aspiring actress turned cosmetologist, is called to the cottage of Nicholas Pierce (Coyote), an American freelance writer who has moved to Spain to write about game hunting, to make-up the corpse of his stepson, Ramón (Casanovas), before notifying the authorities. The circumstances of Ramón's "death" are rather suspicious, but Kika does not raise an issue of them and performs her work on Ramón. It turns out that he is not dead, and is actually catatonic. He is revived by Kika's attentions; soon after Ramón tells her the story of his life: he is a lingerie photographer who hasn't coped with the suspicious death of his mother, for which he blames Nicholas (since he was the last person to see her alive, and since he has since read his mother's diary, in which Nicholas is portrayed as abusive). Feeling empathic to Ramón, and in part turned on by the whole experience, she...
High Heels (Spanish: Tacones lejanos) is a 1991 Spanish film, written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Marisa Paredes and Victoria Abril. As with many Almodóvar films, it is difficult to pin down to a convenient genre, varying between a drama and a thriller and making use of surrealism, farce, and comedy.
The plot involves a mother (played by Marisa Paredes) and her daughter (Victoria Abril), and a strange murder committed by Abril and caused by her possessive mother. Rebecca's husband was her mother's first love- diva "Becky del Páramo". Mother and daughter come against one another right after the husband is murdered. At nights, the judge in charge of the case (Miguel Bosé) is a drag queen himself, a Becky impersonator.
The soundtrack was done by Spanish singer Luz Casal, and it produced two of her greatest hits: "Piensa en mí" and "Un año de amor".
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Spanish: ¡Átame!) is a 1990 film by Pedro Almodóvar, an offbeat Spanish drama starring Antonio Banderas and Victoria Abril.The film follows Ricky (Banderas), a young man recently released from a mental institution, who has been obsessed with Marina (Abril), an actress, former porn star, and recovering heroin addict, since the pair shared a one-night stand one year ago. Ricky kidnaps Marina, believing that he can force her to fall in love with him. Eventually, Marina does fall in love with him, but still considers herself his prisoner, and tells him to keep her tied up so that she won't try to escape. Subsequently, she reluctantly escapes with the assistance of her sister Lola (played by Loles Léon), but the lovers are eventually reunited.This film created controversy and was denounced by women's rights groups in the United States for its light-hearted depiction of kidnapping and rape. Also, along with Henry & June it was instrumental in creating the NC-17...,
Max, Mon Amour aka Max, My Love is a 1986 film directed by Nagisa Oshima and starring Charlotte Rampling, Anthony Higgins, Victoria Abril, Pierre Etaix and Milena Vukotic. The screenplay was written by Oshima and Jean-Claude Carrière, and the film was produced by Serge Silberman.
Billed on the DVD cover as "the greatest ape romance since King Kong", Max, My Love is the story of a British diplomat in France, Peter Jones (Anthony Higgins), whose wife Margaret (Charlotte Rampling) takes a chimpanzee, Max, for her lover.
Co-writer Carriere, producer Silberman and actor Vukotic were all frequent collaborators with Luis Buñuel, and the film resembles his work in its understated, unsensational treatment of frequently outrageous events.
Las bicicletas son para el verano ('Bicycles are for Summer') is a 1984 Spanish play written by Fernando Fernán Gómez dealing with the effects of Spanish Civil War on citizens of Madrid. It was released as a popular film in 1984, directed by Jaime Chávarri.
In Madrid, the family of Don Luis, his wife Dolores and their children, Manolita and Luisito, share the daily life of the Civil War with their maid and neighbours. Despite having failed his exams, Luisito wants his father to buy him a bicycle. However, the situation forces them to delay the purchase and the delay, like the war itself, is to last much longer than expected.
The movie, and the book it was drawn from, show how daily life was conducted during the war. Unexpected things happen, but people find ways to survive. Above all, it is a story of survival and adaptation.
Victoria Abril was born in Madrid, Spain