Maria Full of Grace
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Maria Full of Grace, 2004,
Spanish title: María llena eres de gracia, lit.

Directed by     Joshua Marston
Produced by     Paul S. Mezey
Written by     Joshua Marston
Starring     Catalina Sandino Moreno, John Álex Toro
Music by     Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman
Cinematography     Jim Denault
Editing by     Anne McCabe, Lee Percy
Distributed by     Fine Line Features
Release date(s) January 18, 2004
Running time     101 min.
Country     Colombia, Ecuador, United States
Language     Spanish

HBO Films and Fine Line Features present the Sundance and Berlin Film Festival award winner, Maria Full of Grace. The film tells the story of one young woman’s journey from a small Colombian town to the streets of New York. A bright, spirited 17-year old, Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino Moreno) lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia and works stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation. The offer of a lucrative job involving travel – in fact, becoming a drug “mule” – changes the course of her life. Far from the uneventful trip she is promised, Maria is transported into the risky and ruthless world of international drug trafficking. Her mission becomes one of determination and survival and she finally emerges with the grace that will carry her forward into a new life. Directed by Joshua Marston, the film is in Spanish, with English sub-titles. An HBO Films/Fine Line Features release, Maria Full of Grace was honored with the Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and two awards at the 54th Berlin International Film Festival: Catalina Sandino Moreno shared the Silver Bear for Best Actress with Charlize Theron of Monster, and the film won the Alfred Bauer Prize for Best First Feature for director Joshua Marston.

Directed by: Joshua Marston
Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno

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