Maribel Verdú
Encarna, The Stepmother
Verdú is a leading Spanish actress with a very successful international career. She got her first opportunity in Vicente Aranda’s El crimen del Capitán Sánchez(1985). At 15 she starred in Montxo Armendáriz’s 27 horas (1986). Later she participated in Fernando Trueba’s Year of Enlightment (1986) and Eloy de la Iglesia’s La estanquera de Vallecas (1987). A turning point in her career was Amantes (1991) by Vicente Aranda. Since then, she has worked with the best Spanish directors, including Bigas Luna in Huevos de oro (1993), again with Trueba in the Oscar-wining Belle Époque (1992), Ricardo Franco in La Buena Estrella(1997), Emilio Martínez-Lázaro in Carreteras secundarias (1997) and Carlos Saura in Goya in Burdeos (1999). In 2001 she starred with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna in Alfonso Cuaron’s award winning international box office hit Y tu mamá también. A few years later she teamed up with Guillermo del Toro in the Oscar winning and box office hit Pan's Labyrinth (2006), for which she received the Mexican Ariel Award for the Best Actress. Her collaboration with Guillermo del Toro established her as one of the most international and bankable Spanish stars. In 2007 she worked in the international art house sensation Rodrigo Pla’s La zona. After being nominee in six occasions for the Goya Awards, she won it for Gracia Quejereta´s Siete mesas de billar francés (2007).  In 2009 she was nominated once again for her lead role in Jose Luis Cuerda’s The Blind Sunflowers (2008). Recently, she worked in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro with Vincent Gallo and Carmen Maura.