BEFORE NIGHT FALLS
JAVIER BARDEM is the son and grandson of actors, part of
a long dynasty famous both in cinema and theatre. With 16 films to his credit, he has worked with the most important Span ish directors and will soon be seen in The Dancer Upstairs (Pasos de baile), the directorial debut of John Malkovich.
He first achieved international success for his work in Jamon,jamon (1992) by JJ Bigas Luna, receiving a Best Actor Award from the Spanish Actors Union, Fotogramas, and the Saint Jordi award. The following year, Bardem was presented a Special Award by the jury of the San Sebastian Film Festival. In 1994, he followed with the Fernando Rey Award and ones from the Spanish Actors Union, the Punta del Este Festival in Uruguay, and San Sebastian.
Bardem won his first Goya (Spanish Academy Award) in 1995 for best supporting actor for his performance in Imanol Uribe's Dias contados. A year later, he received the Best Actor Goya for Boca a boca (Mouth to Mouth), directed by Manuel Gbmez Pereira. In 1998 the Berlin Film Festival gave Bardem the Public's Award for Best European Actor, for his work in Perdita Duran go. He was also recognized by Fotogramas that same year for his performance in
Live Flesh (Came tremula), which marked his second collaboration with Pedro Almoddvar, after 1991's
High Heels (Tacones Lejanos). Bardem's performance in Live
Flesh also earned him a third Goya nomination as well as the Audience Award for Best Actor at the European Film Awards. He won the Best Actor Award (the Volpi Cup) at the Venice Film Festival for his performance as Reinaldo Arenas in Before Night Falls.
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