Victoria Abril

Victoria Abril (born Victoria Mérida Rojas; 4 July 1959) is a Spanish film actress and singer. She is best known to international audiences for her performance in the movie ¡Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!). Born in Madrid, Abril became widely known in Spain in 1976 when she appeared for two years in the show Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez. Besides working in Spain, she also made films in France, where she resides, Italy, and Iceland. She has been nominated eight times for Goya Awards in the Lead Actress category and has won once. She won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival for her role in Amantes. Two years later, she was awarded with the Berlinale Camera at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival. Victoria Abril performing on stage in 2006. She is also a singer. In 2005, she made her debut with a bossanova-jazz album called PutchEros do Brasil. She also tried to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979 with "Bang-Bang-Bang", but Betty Missiego was chosen instead.

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Don't Tempt Me (2001)

Two angels, one from the heaven and one from the hell, come to earth to save the soul of a boxer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agustín Díaz Yanes
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Victoria Abril  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Demián Bichir

Two angels, one from the heaven and one from the hell, come to earth to save the soul of a boxer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agustín Díaz Yanes
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Victoria Abril  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Demián Bichir

Kika (1993)

When American author Nicholas brings in a cosmetologist named Kika to prepare the corpse of his recently deceased son, she inadvertently revives the young man, then falls in love with him. Forces conspire against the couple, though, as Nicholas wants Kika for himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Verónica Forqué  •  Victoria Abril  •  Peter Coyote  •  Rossy de Palma

When American author Nicholas brings in a cosmetologist named Kika to prepare the corpse of his recently deceased son, she inadvertently revives the young man, then falls in love with him. Forces conspire against the couple, though, as Nicholas wants Kika for himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Verónica Forqué  •  Victoria Abril  •  Peter Coyote  •  Rossy de Palma

Law of Desire (1987)

Pablo, a successful film director, disappointed in his relationship with his young lover, Juan, concentrates in a new project, a monologue starring his transgender sister, Tina. Antonio, an uptight young man, falls possessively in love with the director and in his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Eusebio Poncela  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Carmen Maura  •  Miguel Molina

Pablo, a successful film director, disappointed in his relationship with his young lover, Juan, concentrates in a new project, a monologue starring his transgender sister, Tina. Antonio, an uptight young man, falls possessively in love with the director and in his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Eusebio Poncela  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Carmen Maura  •  Miguel Molina

Robin and Marian (1976)

Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Lester
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Robert Shaw  •  Richard Harris

Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Lester
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Robert Shaw  •  Richard Harris

High Heels (1991)

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After being estranged for 15 years, flamboyant actress Becky del Paramo re-enters her daughter Rebeca's life when she comes to perform a concert. Rebeca, she finds, is now married to one of Becky's ex-lovers, Manuel. The mother and daughter begin making up for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Marisa Paredes  •  Miguel Bosé  •  Anna Lizaran

After being estranged for 15 years, flamboyant actress Becky del Paramo re-enters her daughter Rebeca's life when she comes to perform a concert. Rebeca, she finds, is now married to one of Becky's ex-lovers, Manuel. The mother and daughter begin making up for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Marisa Paredes  •  Miguel Bosé  •  Anna Lizaran

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990)

Recently released from a mental hospital, Ricky ties up Marina, a film star he once had sex with and keeps her hostage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Loles León  •  Julieta Serrano

Recently released from a mental hospital, Ricky ties up Marina, a film star he once had sex with and keeps her hostage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Loles León  •  Julieta Serrano

Jimmy Hollywood (1994)

Jimmy Alto is an actor wannabe who stumbles into the role of a lifetime. He becomes a vigilante crime-fighter, aided by his sidekick William, who has suffered a head wound and has problems with short-term memory. Jimmy's vigilante alter ego soon becomes a media ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Joe Pesci  •  Christian Slater  •  Victoria Abril  •  Harrison Ford

Jimmy Alto is an actor wannabe who stumbles into the role of a lifetime. He becomes a vigilante crime-fighter, aided by his sidekick William, who has suffered a head wound and has problems with short-term memory. Jimmy's vigilante alter ego soon becomes a media ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Joe Pesci  •  Christian Slater  •  Victoria Abril  •  Harrison Ford

Kaena: The Prophecy (2003)

Compelled by a mysterious force, Kaena, a rebellious, high-spirited teenage girl will defy the High Priest and her people's ancestral beliefs to take the perilous journey through the Axis and discover what dark secrets lie beyond the clouds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Delaporte  •  Pascal Pinon
CAST:  Cécile de France  •  Michael Lonsdale  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  Victoria Abril

Compelled by a mysterious force, Kaena, a rebellious, high-spirited teenage girl will defy the High Priest and her people's ancestral beliefs to take the perilous journey through the Axis and discover what dark secrets lie beyond the clouds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Delaporte  •  Pascal Pinon
CAST:  Cécile de France  •  Michael Lonsdale  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  Victoria Abril

The Maidens' Conspiracy (2006)

Constantinople, 1401. The emperor of Byzantium asks the famous knight Tirant lo Blanc to free the city from the siege of the Turks. After his victory, Tirant will have to face a more difficult task: to overcome the natural opposition of Carmesina, heiress to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vicente Aranda
CAST:  Casper Zafer  •  Esther Nubiola  •  Leonor Watling  •  Ingrid Rubio

Constantinople, 1401. The emperor of Byzantium asks the famous knight Tirant lo Blanc to free the city from the siege of the Turks. After his victory, Tirant will have to face a more difficult task: to overcome the natural opposition of Carmesina, heiress to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vicente Aranda
CAST:  Casper Zafer  •  Esther Nubiola  •  Leonor Watling  •  Ingrid Rubio

Max My Love (1986)

The wife of a British diplomat in Paris takes a chimpanzee as her lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nagisa Ōshima
CAST:  Anthony Higgins  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  Anne-Marie Besse  •  Victoria Abril

The wife of a British diplomat in Paris takes a chimpanzee as her lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nagisa Ōshima
CAST:  Anthony Higgins  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  Anne-Marie Besse  •  Victoria Abril

101 Reykjavik (2000)

Thirty-year-old Hlynur still lives with his mother and spends his days drinking, watching porn and surfing the net while living off unemployment checks. A girl is interested in him, but he stands back from commitment. His mother's Spanish flamenco teacher, Lola, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baltasar Kormákur
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Hilmir Snær Guðnason  •  Hanna María Karlsdóttir  •  Þrúður Vilhjálmsdóttir

Thirty-year-old Hlynur still lives with his mother and spends his days drinking, watching porn and surfing the net while living off unemployment checks. A girl is interested in him, but he stands back from commitment. His mother's Spanish flamenco teacher, Lola, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baltasar Kormákur
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Hilmir Snær Guðnason  •  Hanna María Karlsdóttir  •  Þrúður Vilhjálmsdóttir

After Darkness (1985)

To salve his guilty conscience an elder brother removes his disturbed younger sibling from a mental institution after a suicide attempt and tries to bring him back to mental competency through one on one contact. Free of the institution he continues to be haunted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dominique Othenin-Girard  •  Sergio Guerraz
CAST:  John Hurt  •  Julian Sands  •  Victoria Abril  •  Pamela Salem

To salve his guilty conscience an elder brother removes his disturbed younger sibling from a mental institution after a suicide attempt and tries to bring him back to mental competency through one on one contact. Free of the institution he continues to be haunted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dominique Othenin-Girard  •  Sergio Guerraz
CAST:  John Hurt  •  Julian Sands  •  Victoria Abril  •  Pamela Salem

La Femme du cosmonaute (1997)

Anna and her husband Jean-Paul have to face a long and difficult separation since Jean-Paul is a spationaut. Thanks to a video device they can see each other and communicate... But definitely not for the best!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Monnet
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Gérard Lanvin  •  Rossy de Palma  •  Gérard Hernandez

Anna and her husband Jean-Paul have to face a long and difficult separation since Jean-Paul is a spationaut. Thanks to a video device they can see each other and communicate... But definitely not for the best!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Monnet
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Gérard Lanvin  •  Rossy de Palma  •  Gérard Hernandez

Foul Play (1977)

A 1977 Spanish drama film directed by Juan Antonio Bardem that won the Golden Prize the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juan Antonio Bardem
CAST:  Alfredo Landa  •  Miguel Ángel Aristu  •  Mara Vila  •  Julián Navarro

A 1977 Spanish drama film directed by Juan Antonio Bardem that won the Golden Prize the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juan Antonio Bardem
CAST:  Alfredo Landa  •  Miguel Ángel Aristu  •  Mara Vila  •  Julián Navarro

Big is Beautiful (2012)

A resort for individuals who want to lose weight is helps several women discover friendships, acceptance with body image and hard truths.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlotte de Turckheim
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Lola Dewaere  •  Catherine Hosmalin  •  Grégory Fitoussi

A resort for individuals who want to lose weight is helps several women discover friendships, acceptance with body image and hard truths.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlotte de Turckheim
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Lola Dewaere  •  Catherine Hosmalin  •  Grégory Fitoussi

Entre paréntesis (1982)

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DIRECTION:  Simó Fàbregas
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Carme Elias  •  Bárbara Ben  •  Diana Conca

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DIRECTION:  Simó Fàbregas
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Carme Elias  •  Bárbara Ben  •  Diana Conca

Mater amatísima (1980)

Clara- an attractive- sophisticated and unmarried woman- and the autistic child who transforms and absorbs her life- astonishingly interpreted by a very young Victoria Abril and autistic actor Julito de la Cruz- Mater Amatsima astonished audiences at Cannes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josep Antoni Salgot i Vila
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Julito de la Cruz  •  Jaume Sorribas

Clara- an attractive- sophisticated and unmarried woman- and the autistic child who transforms and absorbs her life- astonishingly interpreted by a very young Victoria Abril and autistic actor Julito de la Cruz- Mater Amatsima astonished audiences at Cannes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josep Antoni Salgot i Vila
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Julito de la Cruz  •  Jaume Sorribas

Walking Vengeance (2008)

Frantic to be free of Felix, her wealthy but drunken and violent drug-lord husband, Ana tricks her fresh-from-prison sister, Aurora, and two other ex-partners in crime into coming to her aid. Now that their crew is reassembled, the women begin planning a heist that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agustín Díaz Yanes
CAST:  Diego Luna  •  Victoria Abril  •  Ariadna Gil  •  Pilar López de Ayala

Frantic to be free of Felix, her wealthy but drunken and violent drug-lord husband, Ana tricks her fresh-from-prison sister, Aurora, and two other ex-partners in crime into coming to her aid. Now that their crew is reassembled, the women begin planning a heist that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agustín Díaz Yanes
CAST:  Diego Luna  •  Victoria Abril  •  Ariadna Gil  •  Pilar López de Ayala

The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears (2012)

After her son's tragic death, Helena abducts her employee, Lucian, and travels with him and her husband to scatter her son's ashes in Macedonia. Meanwhile, Lucian's lover struggles to provide for their son and break free from her dictatorial father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Teona Strugar Mitevska
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Labina Mitevska  •  Jean-Marie Galey  •  Arben Bajraktaraj

After her son's tragic death, Helena abducts her employee, Lucian, and travels with him and her husband to scatter her son's ashes in Macedonia. Meanwhile, Lucian's lover struggles to provide for their son and break free from her dictatorial father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Teona Strugar Mitevska
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Labina Mitevska  •  Jean-Marie Galey  •  Arben Bajraktaraj

The Witching Hour (1985)

When a group of gangsters sets out to retrieve a stolen gem, they run into some of the fiercest and most bloodthirsty minions hell has to throw at them, including demons, zombies and witches, all intent on stopping them by any means possible.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaime de Armiñán
CAST:  Francisco Rabal  •  Concha Velasco  •  Victoria Abril  •  Sancho Gracia

When a group of gangsters sets out to retrieve a stolen gem, they run into some of the fiercest and most bloodthirsty minions hell has to throw at them, including demons, zombies and witches, all intent on stopping them by any means possible.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaime de Armiñán
CAST:  Francisco Rabal  •  Concha Velasco  •  Victoria Abril  •  Sancho Gracia
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