PANAMA CITY — In a gala ceremony held Saturday evening in Panama’s majestic 1000-seater Teatro Balboa, Italian actress Lucía Bosé received a lifetime achievement award and the keys to the city, from the Mayor of Panama City, José Maria Blandon.
Guests at the star-studded event included Lucia’s son, actor-singer Miguel Bosé, Spanish actress Marisa Paredes, New York performance artist Laurie Anderson, Chilean-American composer Nicolas Jaar and Venezuelan thesp Edgar Ramirez,
Bosé’s career spans major roles in post-war Italian and Spanish cinema, having collaborated with helmers such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, Juan Antonio Bardem, and Giuseppe De Santis.
The tribute included a speech by writer Boris Izaguirre, a close family friend. He said that Bosé is an icon of post-war Italian cinema, who epitomized the new roles assumed by Italian women as the country rose from the ashes of war, confronting issues such as infidelity, equal rights for women at the workplace, and the struggle to balance the tasks associated with being a working mother.
Izaguirre added that Bosé’s subsequent work in Spanish cinema boldly addressed issues that were often repressed by the censors.
As Bosé took to the stage to receive a framed “Mola” – an intricate embroidery work that is hand sewn by Panama’s Kuna Indians – she was greeted by a standing ovation.
She confided to the audience that she has a special relationship with Panama, having first visited the country with her former husband, Luis Miguel Dominguín, a famous Spanish bullfighter. Son Miguel Bosé, was also born in Panama City.
After the ceremony, Juan Antonio Bardem’s “Death of a Cyclist,” starring Bosé, was screened. The fest also includes special screenings of her pics, Antonioni’s “Story of a Love Affair”, and Giuseppe De Santis’ “No Peace Under the Olive Tree”, as well as Pedro Almodóvar’s “High Heels,” starring Miguel Bosé and Marisa Paredes.