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Cinema Women

30 actresses who left their mark


Cinema Women recovers the figure of the Spanish classic-cinema actresses (born between 1900-1970) that have influenced the Spanish film scene. The 30 actresses that will be part of this book have been selected by Ruth Gabriel, known actress and film critic in the program Va de cine in Radio 5.


Each actress is presented through an unpublished story, illustration made with a mixed technique by Vanessa Fraules, and a text written by Ruth Gabriel.


In a sector where being a woman and old considerably limits the opportunities of this collective, to come up with a book that not only recovers them, but also is a window for the new generations to get to know them, is a challenge and a need.

Written by Ruth Gabriel

Illustrated by Vanesa Santos "Fraules"

Prologue by Paula Ortiz

Collection: Women

Size: 19 x 25cm

Pages: 136

Binding: hardback

ISBN: 978-84-127565-6-2


(Price without VAT €26,93)

RRP €28



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Ruth Gabriel


She was born in San Fernando, Cádiz. Since she was five years old, she worked in TV programs such as La Cometa Blanca and Sesame Street. She started in the world of cinema with Imanol Uribe in the film Running Out of Time for which she was awarded the Goya Award to the Best New Actress (1995), the Best New Actress award of the Actors and Actresses Union, the Ondas Award, the Critical Eyes Award, and the Best Actress award in the Courmayeur Noir Film Festival. Her acting career has been developed both in cinema and in theater. She also has the Best Actress Award in the Mostra de Valencia-Cinema del Mediterrani for the film Malamuerte.


As producer in the company Zampa Audiovisual S.L., she has titles such as the short film The Lesson, and the documentaries Sherry and The Mystery of Palo Cortado, Virgin & Extra: The Land of Olive Oil and Las mil caras de Goya (The Thousand Faces of Goya).


As writer, she has published the poetry book After Hours (1997) and she is part of the anthology Madrid Capital (2009). Her poem Madre Agua (Mother Water) received the Aljarafesa Award (2007).

Vanessa Santos “Fraules”


She was born in 1980 in the Madrid that never sleeps. From infancy, she felt predisposed for the artistic disciplines and weakness for drawing in front of the TV: that is where her passion for cinema comes from.

Bachelor in Fine Arts by the Polytechnic University of Valencia and bachelor in Advertising Design by the Escola Massana of Barcelona, she has been working since 2005 as graphic designer in publishing agencies and, currently, for film production and distribution companies. She combines this work with the illustration and development of personal projects.

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