Movie Opening: Maria Full of Grace 7/9/04

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Maria Full of Grace (aka "Maria Llena Eres de Gracia") is the riveting story of a 17-year-old Colombian girl who loses her job de-thorning roses at a flower plantation outside of Bogota and agrees to travel to the US as a drug "mule" -- swallowing a half-kilo of heroin in thumb-sized rubber pellets. The film is a tense examination of a rarely glimpsed corner of the drug trade as well as an affecting exploration of one young woman's search for her place in the world.

"Maria Full of Grace" was the first Spanish language film to be accepted into Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award this past January. It then went on to the Berlin Film Festival where lead actress Catalina Sandino won the Silver Bear for Best Actress and the film won Best First Feature. It continued to the Los Angeles Film Festival (Audience Award), Cartagena Film Festival (six awards), Seattle Film Festival (Best Actress), Newport Film Festival (Best Actress and Best Dramatic Film), the Provincetown Film Festival, the Nantucket Film Festival, the Guadalajara Film Festival, the Maui Film Festival, the Moscow Film Festival and the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. It will be released in theaters July 16 in New York and LA; and on July 30 in Washington DC, Miami, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, Minneapolis, San Diego, Denver, Portland, Atlanta, Dallas and Houston.

Visit or to learn more about the film. Next week's issue of Drug War Chronicle will include a review of Maria Full of Grace -- contributed by someone whom long-time Drug War Chronicle readers will remember.

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