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Maria Full Of Grace

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Original title
María, llena eres de gracia (Maria Full Of Grace)
Running time
101 min.
Colombia Colombia
Joshua Marston
Jacobo Lieberman, Leonardo Heiblum
Jim Denault
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Co-production Colombia-United States; HBO Films / Santa Fe Productions
Drama | Drugs
Synopsis / Plot
Seventeen-year-old Maria lives in a small town north of Bogotá with her mother, her grandmother, her sister and her sister’s young son. Maria works on a large rose plantation where she and her friend, Blanca, remove the thorns from the stalks and tie up the roses ready for export. The work is tiring and strict rules apply; the only variety in Maria’s life are the fiestas on the market square she attends with her boyfriend, Juan, on the weekends. Maria has a spirited, impulsive nature. One day, she gets into a terrible row with her boss and promptly decides to throw in the towel. Maria’s relatives are less than pleased. What they don’t know is that Maria is pregnant. She decides to take her chances in the city; on the way there she runs into an old acquaintance, Franklin, a worldly young man whose cool demeanour impresses Maria. Franklin tells Maria about an interesting job as a courier. It doesn’t take Maria long to work out that the job involves drugs; in this case, tiny packets of heroin that are swallowed by the courier and smuggled into the USA. If she agrees, there’s 5,000 US dollars in it for her. She agrees. Lucy has already completed two successful smuggling trips; she shows Maria how to prepare her body for the job and what to do if something goes wrong. Shortly after this, Blanca finds herself caught in the clutches of a group of drug dealers. Two days later, the two girlfriends find themselves on an airplane bound for the USA. Maria has 62 little packets of heroin in her stomach …
2004: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actress (Catalina Sandino Moreno)
2004: New York Film Critics Circle: Best First Film
2004: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Actress (Sandino), Alfred Bauer Prize
2004: Deauville Film Festival: Top Prize, Audience Award, International Critics
2004: Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award
2004: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: New Generation Award
2004: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2004: 2 Nominations Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actress and Foreign Language Film
2004: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Promising Performer (Sandino)
2004: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Actress (Sandino) & Best First Screenplay. 5 Nominations
2004: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actress (Catalina Sandino Moreno)
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