One of the meanings of the word “aura” in the dictionary of the RAE refers to the “halo that it is said can be perceived around certain bodies”. The magnetic personality of Aura Garrido invite us to think about the appropriateness of this name for an actress who has become, at the age of only 29, an essential interpreter of her generation, but still keeps her feet on the ground and feels interpretation with the same passion.
Aura Garrido wanted to be an actress since she was a child. In her house, she grew up within an artistic social environment both through her mother -a painter- and her father -a composer and conductor-. “In my house we were watching a lot of classic cinema and I liked Maureen O’Hara a lot. In a world in which the feminine social roles were very limited, seeing Maureen O’Hara acting as a Pirate was a novelty that I liked very much. I wanted to take a sword like her, sail the seas and live a life of adventure and that was only possible as an actress” she admitted recently in an interview.
At the moment, he professional career has not yet given her the opportunity to play any corsair, but it has turned her into an interpreter full of talent, social conscience and a convinced discourse, far from eccentricities, but as firm and solid as her career. Aura has a pure vision of her work as a creative process of research to get stories and make us see the world through her characters.
Exploring the limits of her courage, she has indulged us with some of the best interpretations of Spanish cinema in recent years since she debuted in Planes para mañana by Juana Macías, which was her first Biznaga at the Malaga Festival, nominations for the Goya and the awards of the Union of Actors.
The most independent cinema is a territory in which she has moved with self-confidence. She was “Ella” in Stockholm, by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, and for that role she won the second Malaga Biznaga, and again the nominations to the main cinematographic prizes of 2013 (the Goya, the Feroz). That same year he starred in The Jokes of Jonás Trueba, with whom she also filmed La Reconquista.
She evidenced her enormous versatility over her chameleonic interpretations. She surprised us with the mute marine creature of La piel fría, by Xavier Gens; we saw her comic side with Javier Ruiz Caldera’s Promoción Fantasma and she also surprised us in the detective genre in Andrés M Koppel’s La niebla y la macella, and El aviso, by Daniel Calparsoro. Although the role that undoubtedly made her most popular is that of the young intrepid Amelia Folch in the RTVE series The Ministry of Time, for which she has also been awarded and nominated several times. In recent months she has been shooting another series of period drama, El día de mañana, directed by Mariano Barroso for Movistar.
Aura Garrido is in constant search of challenges, of roles that forces her to jump into the void, to expand her halo to make it every time brighter through each new character that she interpret. We hope to see you shine like never before with the City of Huesca Award.
Carmen Pemán Canela
Director of the Almunia Film Festival