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MADRID — Spanish actress Carmen Maura, the femme lede of many Pedro Almodovar titles, will receive a career achievement award at the 10th Malaga Spanish Film Festival.

Fest, the biggest sprocket opera dedicated to Spanish films, opens with the world preem of Miguel Hermoso’s “Lola,” a biopic about flamenco dancer, singer and actress Lola Flores. Pic is one of Spain’s biggest commercial bets for 2007.

Possessing an unrivalled talent among Spanish actresses for mixing comic and tragic registers, often at one and the same time, Maura brought depth to comedies such as Fernando Trueba’s “Se infiel y no mires con quien” (1985) and Alex de la Iglesia’s San Sebastian opener “Commonwealth” (2000).

Maura, who starred in such Almodovar classics as “The Law of Desire” and “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” reunited with the helmer to play the dead but hardly departed grandmother in Oscar-contender “Volver.”

Malaga fest runs March 9-17.