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Victoria Mérida Rojas (Madrid, Spain, July 4, 1959). Better known as Victoria Abril is an Actress and singer of Spanish nationality, who has developed her career in Spain, France and Italy, as well as in other countries, with the help of famous film directors, among which are Mario Camus, Carlos Saura and Pedro Almodóvar.
Winner of a Goya award, two Silver shells, among other international recognitions, stands as one of the most renowned actresses in European Cinema, in which she groups more than sixty roles, interpreted by critics as brilliant.
Beginnings in the cinema
Victoria Abril was born on July 4, 1959, in Madrid, Spain. From a very early age her ballet studies. However, at fourteen, she ventured into the tables, when she had the opportunity to participate in the Company of Ana Lázaro at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid.
Just one year later, Francisco Lara Polop chooses Victoria to play the role of maid in the movie “Obsession”, shot in 1974. That same year, Victoria gets a position as a flight attendant in the contest “One, two, three, respond again”, broadcast on Spanish television, between 1974 and 1977.
During these years, she also had the opportunity to have small appearances in Spanish films, among which “Robin and Marian” (1976) by Richard Lester; “The bridge” (1977) by Juan Antonio Bardem and “The man who knew how to love” (1978) by Miguel Picazo. Finally, in 1977, her golden opportunity arrives, when she obtains the leading role in the film “Change of sex”, by director Vicente Aranda, where she plays a transsexual teenager.
This role, previously rejected by Ángela Molina, constitutes its first role on the big screen. That same year, she would marry the former soccer player of the Chilean national team, Gustavo Laube, who at that time was working as an artistic agent.
During the late seventies and early eighties, Victoria Abril will live a very active professional life, which will lead her to work in the theater company Tirso de Molina, record several pop music albums and be a host of the program «625 lines», broadcast on Spanish television. In 1980, Vicente Aranda will look for her again, this time to star in his film “The Girl with the Golden Panties.”
With this director, cataloged by critics as one of the most important of his career, she will also later star in other of her most famous films, such as “Murder in the Central Committee” (1982); “Time of silence” (1986); “The lute: walk or burst” (1987); “If they tell you that I fell” (1989); “Lovers” (1991) and “Libertarias” (1996). She also starred in the series “The crime of Captain Sanchez” (1985) and “The Riders of the Dawn” (1990) developed by Aranda for Spanish television.
In 1982 she separated from Laube, and a while later she began a romantic relationship with Gérard de Battista, a French chamber, with whom she moved to Paris. From this relationship their two children will be born. The French capital provided this actress, who was already recognized by the Spanish public, a projection platform to the screens of Italy, Switzerland and Portugal.
In the coming years, Victoria Abril will have the opportunity to work in her best roles, together with the most prestigious directors, thus managing to accumulate at least sixty films during her youth. These include “La Colmena” (1982) by Mario Camus; “Bicycles are for the summer” (1983) by Jaime Chávarri; “The most beautiful night” (1984) by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón; “Río abajo” (1984) by José Luis Borau; “Our Father” (1985) by Francisco Regueiro; “The Witching Hour” (1985) by Jaime de Armiñán; “The funniest game” (1988) by Emilio Martínez Lázaro; and “Bâton Rouge” (1988) by Rafael Monleón.
Also, during these years, he had the opportunity to work hand in hand with director Carlos Saura, in his film “The Seventh Day”. As well as with the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, with whom he played roles that critics have pointed out as brilliant, in the films “The Law of Desire” (1987); “Tie Me” (1990); “High heels” (1991) and “Kika” (1993). The decade of the nineties was also fruitful, both in Spain and in other European countries, for this actress, who in this years worked on films such as “Solo with you” (1990) by Eduardo Campoy; “Sandino” (1990) by Miguel Littín; “Jimmy Hollywood” (1993); “Une époque formidable” (1992) and “Casque bleu” (1994) by Jacques Monnet; “Mon père, ma mère, mes frères et mes soeurs” (1989) by Charlotte de Turckheim; “Too Much Heart” (1992) by Eduardo Campoy; “Intruder” (1993) and “Libertarias” (1995) by Vicente Aranda; and “Between the legs” (1999) by Manuel Gómez Pereira. As well as his role in the film by Agustín Díaz Yanes, “Nobody will talk about us when we are dead” (1995) classified by critics as his most brilliant performance.
Her career has also earned her several awards, including the Goya Prize of 1996 for her performance in “Nobody will talk about us when we are dead.” She has also been awarded the Silver Bear of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Turia Prize and the ADIRCAE for her masterful performance in the movie “Lovers” (1991) which also made her be nominated for Goya and the Silver Frames .
She has also earned two Silver Shells from the San Sebastian Festival. Her most recent films have come from the hand of director Agustín Díaz Yanez with whom she worked on “No news of God” (2001) and “I just want to walk” (2008). As well as in “Óscar, a surrealist passion” (2008) by Lucas Fernández; and “Better than ever” (2008) by Dolores Payás.
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August 14, 2019