She may be one of Pedro Almodovar’s muses, but Elena Anaya is earning raves for her work with another Latino director.
The 40-year-old Spanish actress is starring in La memoria del agua, the latest film by Chilean director Matias Bize.
Anaya describes the film as “a dark and profound – but also marvelous – journey” addressing the experience of life and love.
Known for her work with Almodovar, Anaya praised Bize and talked about the details of filming the project, which will begin showing this week in Chile.
Anaya has acted in films like Lucia y el sexo, Van Helsing and Dead Fish, but she’s best known for starring in two of Almodovar’s most highly acclaimed works: Talk to Her and The Skin I Live In.
But Anaya is now showing off her dramatic talent opposite Chilean actor Benjamin Vicuña in La memoria del agua, the latest work by the director of The Life of Fish, which won the Goya and Buñuel awards.
Anaya plays Amanda, a young woman who, after her son’s death, experiences an emotional crisis that distances her from her partner, Javier (Vicuña).
After contacting her to propose the project, Bize traveled to Madrid to discuss the details of the story and the characters with her.
“We spent several days speaking about our experiences in life regarding the issues that we would later deal with in the film,” Anaya said. “We spoke about the script, the characters, what Matias wanted to say … Later, Benjamin joined the project and made an impression on us with his generosity in sharing his experiences.”
Vicuña’s 6-year-old daughter Blanca died in 2012 from a brain hemorrhage.
The actress also emphasized the respect that prevailed among the director, actors and crew.
Anaya said that “each viewer will feel something different” upon watching the film, “but … they will find a careful, meticulous, subtle work and perhaps will manage to make the trip along with the characters, the dark and profound – but also marvelous – journey.”