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Academy Award–winning actress and producer Penélope Cruz talked with New York Times contributor Logan Hill about her latest film — the award–winning Spanish drama “Ma Ma,” from director Julio Medem  (Sex and Lucia, Chaotic Ana), which she also produced — as well as her many wide-ranging roles, including collaborations with such directors as Pedro Almodóvar (“Volver,” “Broken Embraces”), Woody Allen (“Vicky Christina Barcelona”), Cameron Crowe (“Vanilla Sky”) and Ridley Scott (“The Counselor”), and challenges and opportunities for women in film.

The film is about a woman named Magda (Cruz) who goes thru a tragedy, then gets diagnosed with breast cancer but life throws her a positive curve ball. She in addition, to this devastating outcome becomes pregnant and has to try to overcome the experience of dealing with breast cancer while going thru a pregnancy. In addition, she forms an unexpected bond with a soccer scout (Luis Tosar) whose wife has been gravely injured in an accident.

During the Q&A Penélope said she did a lot of research for months and met women whom had breast cancer in order to fully immerse herself in this role. 


The Q&A took place at 7 p.m. on May 23 at Florence Gould Hall at 55 East 59th Street.

The New York Film Premiere is being held on Tuesday, May 24th at Landmark Sunshine to an invitation only crowd.

If you didn't have the chance to catch the live Q&A online or in person last night, you can watch it right here.

 

















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TimesTalks: An Evening with Film & Academy Award Winner Penélope Cruz Discussing her new Spanish film ‘Ma Ma’