Spanishactress Carmen Maura, the early Pedro Almodovar muse and co-star of hisaward-winning Volver, will receive the honoraryMalaga Prize at next year's 10thanniversary edition of the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (March 9-17).
Maurawas the star of Almodovar's earliest films and, together with the director andco-star Antonio Banderas, first came to serious international attention in the1988 hit Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres Al Borde De UnAtaque De Nervios).
Butthe actress hadn't worked again with Almodovar until this year's critical hit Volver, for which she shared the best actress prize at Cannes with her fellowfemale leads including Penelope Cruz.
Maurais one of the most popular veteran actress in Spain, where she moves fluidlybetween film and television and is tapped by directors of all stipes.
Shealso works regularly in neighboring France.
SalomonCastiel, director of the Malaga fest, also announced the inaugural film for theupcoming edition: Miguel Hermoso's biopic Lola,which stars singer Gala Evora as Spanish flamenco legend Lola Flores.
Malagaplays host to four parallel international markets: the feature film MalagaScreenings (March 15-17) and running March 3-5 prior to the festival aredocumentary market Mercadoc (March 3-5), the TV Market and the visual artsmarkets ART TV.