HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Paulina Garcia attends the photo call for "Gabrielle", "Gloria", "Bethlehem" and "A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness" during AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi at Chinese 6 Theaterâ Hollywood on November 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)2013 Getty Images
The Chicago Latino Film Festival will confer its career-achievement award on Chilean theater, film and television actress Paulina Garcia, organizers said.
Garcia will accept the award in person on the closing night of the 30th edition of the festival, prior to a screening of Gonzalo Diaz's film "I Am from Chile," in which she is one of the co-stars.
"Since we are celebrating the glories of tango with our opening night film, it seemed more than appropriate to give the Gloria Award on our Closing Night to the actress who so memorably gave life to a 50-year old woman named Gloria in Sebastian Lelio's (2013) film of the same name," the International Latino Cultural Center, the festival's producer, said in a statement Friday.
"With her award-winning performance at the Berlin International Film Festival, the world discovered what Chileans and Latinos have known all along: that Paulina is one of our most versatile actresses. With this award, we are honoring her amazing work and her contributions as a teacher and role model to so many young actors and directors in her country," Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the ILCC, was quoted as saying.
Garcia, for her part, said she was moved at having been chosen "among so many extraordinary artists who are participating with their creations in this festival."
The Gloria achievement award was established in 1999 to recognize "individuals and institutions that have significantly contributed to the development of the Latino community, both in Chicago and across the globe," the statement added.
Garcia made her Chilean theater debut in 1983 and was a recipient of the Chilean Association of Entertainment Journalists' best-actress award.
She first appeared on television in 1984 as a cast member of the soap opera "Los Titeres" (The Puppets) and on the big screen as part of Joaquin Eyzaguirre's film "Tres noches de un sabado" (Three Nights on a Saturday), part of the official selection at the 19th edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.
Garcia also will appear along with Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro and Adriana Barraza in "The 33," which will tell the true story of a group of Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months after a 2010 cave-in.
More than 100 feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States will be screened at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, which will run from April 3 to April 17.