Romanian actress wins Goya Award nomination for acting performance in ‘Cannibal’

Romanian actress Olimpia Melinte was nominated for the prestigious Goya Awards, the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars, in the ‘Female revelation of the year / Mejor actriz revelacion’ category for her dual role in the nerve-tingling film ‘Cannibal’ directed by Spain’s Manuel Martín Cuenca. The ceremony will take place this year on February 9 at the Hotel Auditorium in Madrid.
Manuel Martin Cuenca’s film has been nominated by the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain in 8 categories, including ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Female revelation of the year.’ Nominated alongside Olimpia Melinte in the same category are three Spanish actresses: Belen Lopez, Maria Morales and Natalia Molina.
International media had anticipated Melinte’s nomination for the awards of the Spanish film industry, as she was considered not only Manuel Martin Cuenca’s most important discovery for his films but also the most inspired casting decision. “I was highly pleased by news of the nomination, the more so as I know how hard it is to come from another country and work yourself towards being accepted in a foreign film industry so strong as the Spanish one. I loved my double role and I worked very well with the Spanish team,” said Olimpia Melinte, quoted by Agerpres.
For this film, the 27-year old actress learned Spanish, took massage courses and had to gain 10 kg in weight. Olimpia Melinte was born in Iasi on November 7, 1986. She made her debut on the big screen in 2009, in ‘Floating Things’ directed by Mircea Daneliuc. Her performance in this film earned her two nominations for the Gopo Awards 2010 for ‘Best actress in a leading role’ and ‘Young Hope.’

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