A Tribute to Two Great Women of Cinema.

Every year the Association of Women in Film and Television awards The Muse, a beautiful statue created by Elena Somonte, to two women with a renowned career in cinema. On this ocassion the recognition was for premiere actresses, Evangelina Elizondo and Patricia Reyes Spíndola, who also recieved the Silver Cross which was given by the Director of the Guanajuato International Film Festival, Sarah Hoch.
Evangelina Elizondo shared a song she wrote with great emotion, immediately winning over the audience at the Principal Theater. With more than 65 years in movies, she is a crucial artist and a beautiful stamp of wisom. A star from the Golden Age of Cinema and a modern artistic authority, she was educated in language, painting, music and dance.
Evangelina Elizondo is an icon of Mexican acting, with projects that have taken her all over the world and sharing screens with equally acclaimed people such as Anthony Quinn, Giancarlo Giannini, Broderick Crawford, Pedro Armendáriz Sr. and Keanu Reeves, among many others. Her talent has kept her walking the stages, film and television sets, also dipping her feet in music, arts and theological literature. Her character has kept her close to her beliefs. With a degree in Religious Sciences from Universidad La Salle, Evangelina Elizondo says that studying is the most important thing she did in life… and she’ll keep studying until her life ends.
For her part, magnificent actress Patricia Reyes Spíndola shared with great focus the key to her success and advice for new generations: passion, patience and discipline. She commands a commited generation with every character, holding a profound respect for every role she’s played, aware of the detachment of time and molding into her different characters.
Highlights from her memories include when Emilio Fernández asked her to have surgery on her ears, because if she didn’t, he wouldn’t cast her in his second version of “Pueblerina”. She also remembers 1994 when, thanks to her collaboration with Arturo Ripstein in “La Reina de la Noche”, she was nominated for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.
GIFF is grateful for the part that Women in Film and Television, an association that strengthens the promotion and diffusion of the work done by women in the audiovisual industry through programs that promote equality and diversity in themes with the purpose of increasing production, distribution and diffusion.

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