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"I LOVE SPAIN BECAUSE IT HAS THE SAME FAULTS I DO."~AVA GARDNER

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PACO LEÓN | INMA CUESTA | DEBI MAZAR

Madrid 1961. Ana Mari (Inma Cuesta) is a spinster with a limp, a Franco supporter and an instructor in the Women’s Section. At Franco’s orders, Ana Mari is tasked with going to work as a maid at Ava Gardner’s (Debi Mazar) house in order to spy on her. She will have to pretend to be married to Manolo (Paco León), an opportunist, who will become the American actress’ chauffeur.

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PACO LEÓN | MANOLO | DIRECTOR

Ava Gardner’s chauffeur.

An attractive opportunist, around forty years old. Manolo immediately accepts the offer to work as Ava Gardner’s chauffeur. Although this will mean he has to pretend to be married to Ana Mari. Manolo is a dreamer that gets himself involved in dodgy dealings with the underworld in the hope of having his big break and going up in the world. He wants to be part of the rich and artistic elite who really know how to enjoy life. Full of himself, cocky, thuggish and hard faced, Manolo is a confirmed bachelor. He gets around but is not looking to settle down. Living with Ana Mari will herald a new way of relating to women for Manolo and he will discover emotions he never knew he had.

INMA CUESTA | ANA MARI

Ava Gardner’s maid and spy.

Thirty-something spinster, virgin, with a limp, Catholic and Franco supporter. Ana Mari is an instructor in Pilar Primo de Rivera’s Women’s Section. On Franco’s orders, Ana Mari goes to work at the Hollywood star Ava Gardner’s house, in order to spy on her and the people around her. However, the actress has asked for a married couple as her chauffeur and maid and therefore senior members of the Women’s Section have found a man, Manolo, so the two can pretend to be married to each other. Throughout the eight episodes Ana Mari will witness and take part in events she would never have even dreamed of. Although the way that her mistress lives is diametrically opposed to her own lifestyle, she never judges or criticizes her. She is clear and concise. Ana Mari speaks sparingly, but does not bite her tongue when necessary. She will end up being influenced by Ava and her way of understanding life. She will experience living with a man, and she will be compelled to make decisions that will shake her solid ideological foundations.

DEBI MAZAR | AVA GARDNER

Actress and Hollywood star.

Extremely beautiful, captivating, intelligent, sexy and free. Ava always does exactly as she pleases. She does not like to be tied down either romantically or professionally. She moved to Madrid to flee from her husband Frank Sinatra, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer and from the paparazzi that followed her everywhere she went and made her life impossible. Madrid becomes a place to get away from it all, where her only goal is to have as much fun as possible. She loves flamenco, bullfighting, bullfighters, dancing, drinking, eating and going to bed late, and not alone if possible. Ava lives her life like an unattached and carefree man. Her life is completely different to that of any Spanish woman of that period. Through the eyes of her servants and personal secretary we will see her in society and in her most intimate moments; full of anger and fragility, euphoric and lonely.

ANNA CASTILLO | PILAR

Ava Gardner’s young maid.

Young girl with raging hormones and a desire to experience everything she possibly can. Curious, clear-sighted, quick, fun and eager to learn anything new, Pilar finds herself in between two women who are polar opposites: her mistress, Ava; and her superior, Ana Mari. Both women will influence her decisions and her way of looking at life.

JULIÁN VILLAGRÁN | FLOREN

Ana Mari’s brother.

Schizophrenic, affectionate and without a penny to his name, which will prove very dangerous for him on a number of occasions. Convinced that his sister is actually married to Manolo, he has a very close relationship with his “brother-in-law”. His lack of awareness will serve to mediate between Manolo and Ana Mari.

KEN APPLEDORN | BILL GALLAGHER

Ava’s personal secretary.

American living in Madrid as Ava Gardner’s right-hand man and indirect link to Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Patient, kind and persevering, Bill has the difficult job of convincing the actress to go back to work and fulfill her commitments. He even ends up putting his own emotional and professional stability at risk.

ANNA R. COSTA | WRITER, DIRECTOR

Co-screenwriter for the feature films Embarazados (We Are Pregnant) and Bajo el Mismo Techo (Life as We Know It), directed by Juana Macías. Scriptwriter for the short films Vaca Paloma and La vuelta a la tortilla, directed by Paco León. Screenwriter for the TVE series Leonart, Ácaros for Cuatro and Ventdelplà for TV3. Author and director of the short film Con Lengua, which received 13 awards. Scriptwriter of A Glòries, which won the Generalitat de Catalunya Sant Jordi Award. Playwright of Hablar por Hablar. Playwright and Director of Emilia, Adiós Presidente, Adiós. Co-Author of several theatre texts such as Tamaño familiar, El Manual de la buena esposa, El Banquete: una borratxera filosòfica. Author of the plays Sandra Miller, Las leyes de zuub, Dios hace ropa, La alternativa and Padre y hermana…. Director of Un momento Argentino, by R. Spregelburg.

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