Yvonne Blake, Female Film Award 52nd International Film Festival of Gijón
The Oscar and four Goya awards costume designer winner will collect the award at the opening ceremony of the festival’s 52nd edition.
Costume designer Yvonne Blake will be given the Mujer de Cine 2014 award at the 52nd Gijon International Film Festival. Since 2011, the FICX together with Mujeres de Cine gives this award to outstanding women who are a reference for other generations, such as Blake, extraordinary costume designer recognized both in our country and abroad. The winner of an Academy Award and four Goya awards, among many others, will come to Gijon to collect the award on 21 November at the opening gala of the festival at Teatro Jovellanos.
Yvonne Blake, Premio Nacional de Cinematografía in 2012, has a long career that has made her an essential figure in costume design since the mid-twentieth century. Born in Manchester, Blake got her first job in the movies in 1966 with "Judith" by Daniel Mann and starring Sophia Loren. That first film led to working that same year with revered French director François Truffaut in "Fahrenheit 451". In just five years she went from being unknown to winning the highest honor in the industry worldwide. In 1971 she got her first big award, the Oscar for best costume design for "Nicholas and Alexandra". The Academy award is the ultimate accolade to her career and led to numerous projects: "All Creatures Great and Small" with a young Anthony Hopkins, or “Night Watch" with Elizabeth Taylor.
Blake’s career has always been associated with risky projects that became hits worldwide, , largely thanks to her work. Films like the adaptation of the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar", for which she was nominated for the BAFTA in 1973, or later the first "Superman" film (1978). In 1974 came the second nomination for Academy Awards in Hollywood, thanks to his contribution to "The Four Musketeers".
Two names stand our in her love story romance with Spanish movies, two directors who are living history of Spanish films: Gonzalo Suarez and Vicente Aranda. Her work with Suarez includes such films as "Don Juan in Hell," "The Detective and Death" or "Rowing with the Wind"; the latter was an international hit both at the box office and with the critics, and Blake won the first of four Goya awards. Some of the films worth mentioning from her work with Aranda are “The Maiden’s Conspiracy" or "Carmen", which won her again an award from the Academia de Cine Español.
Since the 90s, Yvonne combines projects for TV such as "James Dean" which earned her an Emmy nomination, with ambitious features in Spain and abroad, such as "Looking for Richard" or "There be Dragons" and even ventured into a musical about Judy Garland, "End of the rainbow." Throughout her career she has dressed stars such as Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery and Elizabeth Taylor.
This award, now in its fourth edition, is one of the key actions of Mujeres de Cine, an initiative born in 2010 with the aim to promote and show the work of women in our country’s film industry. Yvonne Blake's name joins those of the filmmakers and screenwriters Josefina Molina and Cecilia Bartholomew, and editor Carmen Frías as winner of this distinguished award.
The International Film Festival of Gijón (21-29 November) is organized by the city of Gijón, through Divertia, sponsored by the Gobierno del Principado de Asturias, the Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Media Programme of the European Union and Liberbank-Cajastur.