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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
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You are in: Home > 2002. 50th Edition  > Awards and Jury Members > Official Selection Jury Members > MIRTHA IBARRA

Basilia Mirtha Ibarra Collado was born in Havana in 1946. A Cuban actress who was educated during the early period of the Cuban Revolution, she graduated at the National School of Arts in Havana and took an arts degree at Havana University.

She has belonged to the most important emblematic theatre groups on the island, such as Teatro Estudio, Teatro Bertolt Brecht, Teatro de Arte Caribeño and El Público. In the year 2000 she had enormous success with the play, Obsesión Habanera, which she wrote, co-directed and acted in herself.

She has acted for cinema and television in leading roles for many of which she has received major international awards. She established her reputation with Hasta cierto punto, directed in 1983 by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea which won her the Choral prize at the Havana International Film Festival. Adorables mentiras (1992), by Gerardo Chijona, won her an award at the Damascus Film Festival. International success came with Fresa y chocolate (1994) and Guantanamera (1995), both directed by Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío. In 1993 she took part as a guest together with the filmmaker Tomás Gutiérrez Alea in the Oscar ceremony with the nominated film, Fresa y chocolate.

Since the death of her husband, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, in April 1996, Mirtha Ibarra has combined working between Cuba and Spain, and took part in Mararía by Antonio Betancourt, Cuarteto de La Habana (1999) by Fernando Colomo, Sobreviviré (1999) by Albacete y Menkes, Sagitario (2001) by Vicente Molina Foix, the short film Ruleta (1999) by Roberto Santiago, and the TV film Quia (2001), directed by Silvia Munt. In 2002, she starred in the Spanish Television series La verdad de Laura. She has also taken part in the films Aunque estés lejos (2003) and El cuerno de la abundancia (2008), both directed by Juan Carlos Tabío.

She has been a jury member at several prestigious festivals such as those in San Sebastian, Los Angeles, Valladolid, Huelva, Gramado in Brazil, Providence in the USA and Havana, among others.

In 2007 she published the book Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Volver sobre mis pasos. She has given lectures and workshops at various Universities and specialised institutions in Latin America and Europe. She has also co-scripted and directed the documentary, Titón, de La Habana a Guantanamera, which will be screened in the Horizontes Latinos Section in a special dual session out of competition as a tribute to the filmmaker, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, who died in 1996.


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