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Plot, Details & Awards

Maria Full of Grace

Rated R for drug content and language.

R In Theaters 07/16/2004 , 101min.
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Plot & Details

New York-based writer/director Joshua Marston makes his feature film debut with the coming-of-age drama Maria Full of Grace, with a script developed at the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab. Catalina Sandino Moreno plays Maria Alvarez, a teenager living in Bogotá, Colombia. Along with most of the other able-bodied people in her community, she works a perilous job in a flower plantation. She wants to quit, but her large family depends on her meager salary. One day, Maria meets a smooth-talking young man named Franklin. He offers her a business proposition to make some money and travel. However, the task involves her acting as a drug mule and smuggling heroin into the U.S. Maria Full of Grace premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the dramatic competition.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Berlin International Film Festival Alfred Bauer Prize Joshua Marston Won
2004 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno Won

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Best New Filmmaker (Runner-up) Joshua Marston Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno Nominated
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Catalina Sandino Moreno Won

Deauville Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Deauville Film Festival In Competition Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actress Yenny Paola Vega Nominated
2004 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Joshua Marston Nominated
2004 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Joshua Marston Won
2004 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Nominated
2004 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno Won

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