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Spanish Women on the Verge of Breaking Out

19 May 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety highlights 10 Spanish women who are rising in the film biz:

Ana Asensio

New York-based Spanish actress Asensio (“The Afterlight”) recently dazzled with her directorial debut “Most Beautiful Island,” a winner at SXSW. She wrote and starred in it, and based it on her own experiences in New York. Currently penning her sophomore feature — a psychological thriller — Asensio likes “exploring human behavior in extreme or challenging situations where responses are more instinctual and primitive than rational,” she says.

Fernanda del Nido

Based at Setembro Films in Barcelona, Del Nido leaped into the limelight co-producing Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda,” Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” and, before that, Julio Hernández Cordón’s “Dust.” She is developing “After the Storks” with the Netherlands’ Prpl and Belgium’s Savage Film, with Joost Van Ginkel directing. “I want to make difficult-to-pigeonhole cinema with a clear director’s vision that sticks in the memory,” she says. »

- Emilio Mayorga

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