Magazine article Screen International

Fernando Trueba on Reviving Penelope Cruz's Macarena Granada for 'Queen of Spain'

Magazine article Screen International

Fernando Trueba on Reviving Penelope Cruz's Macarena Granada for 'Queen of Spain'

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Eighteen years after making The Girl Of Your Dreams, Fernando Trueba has revived that film's protagonist Macarena Granada, the glamorous Spanish movie star, in The Queen Of Spain. She is once again played, appropriately, by glamorous Spanish movie star Penelope Cruz.

In the new film - which screens as a Berlinale Special Gala today (Feb 13) - Macarena returns from Hollywood to Spain to star in a big-budget period drama as Queen Isabella. It marks the third collaboration between Cruz and Trueba. They first worked together on Trueba's Oscar-winning Belle Epoque in 1992, one of Cruz's first film roles.

"She was very serious from the beginning," Trueba remembers of his first encounter with the 18-year-old actress. "She prepared, she worked a lot. She was a perfectionist... and she still is."

Cruz today is now "more experienced" than in the days of Belle Epoque, he adds, and she knows more "things about life and work". But the director says her work ethic has not declined in the slightest even as her fame has risen. …

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