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Lumi Cavazos



One of Mexico's most acclaimed actresses, Lumi Cavazos first grabbed the attention of U.S. critics and filmgoers with her portrayal of Tita, the heroine of Alfonso Arau's celebrated 1993 adaptation of Laura Esquivel's Como Agua para Chocolate. The star of numerous Mexican films, Cavazos has also done a fair amount of work in the States, appearing in such independent dramas as Sugar Town.

Born in Monterey, Northern Mexico, in 1969, Cavazos was raised the youngest of nine children. She began her acting career at the age of 15, performing with an avant-garde theater company in Guadalajara for three years. Cavazos made her film debut in Busi Cortes' 1988 El Secreto de Romalia and again worked with the director when she starred in Serpientes y escaleras (1992). Cavazos' true breakthrough came courtesy of her portrayal of Tita, a young woman who expresses her love and passion through her cooking in Como Agua para Chocolate. In addition to winning her Best Actress awards at the Tokyo Film Festival and Brazil's Festival de Gramado, the film also provided Cavazos with an introduction to co-star Marco Leonardi, whose role as her onscreen love interest soon crossed over into real life.

Cavazos did more work in her native country, but eventually relocated to Los Angeles. After her arrival she starred in the independent drama Land of Milk and Honey (1995) and had a supporting role as the hotel maid who falls for Luke Wilson in Wes Anderson's celebrated independent comedy Bottle Rocket (1996). Continuing to work in Mexico in such films as Viva San Isidro (1995) and Fibre Optica (1998), Cavazos was also visible in such stateside dramas as Allison Anders' and Kurt Voss' Sugar Town (1999), which cast her as a Latina singer,and in 2000 moved into the mainstream film arena with a part as a nun in Bless the Child, a supernatural thriller also starring Kim Basinger, Rufus Sewall, and Sir Ian Holm.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Rock Marí
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Black Pimpernel
  • Actor
2007
22% 7 días
  • Sra. Garza
2007
No Score Yet El Brassier de Emma
  • Dr. Ortega
2007
No Score Yet El Clavel Negro
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Hijas de su Madre: Las Buenrostros
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Contra Todo...Against All Odds
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Contra Todo
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Las Calles del D.F.
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Atlético San Pancho
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Ciudad Juarez: Tan Infinito Como El Desierto
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Exposed
  • Laura Silvera
2003
No Score Yet In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Patria Mirabal
2003
No Score Yet A Good Death Beats a Dull Life
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Entre La Tarde y La Noche
  • Actor
2001
3% Bless the Child
  • Sister Rosa
2000
67% Sugar Town
  • Rosio
1999
No Score Yet Mascara
  • Laura
1999
No Score Yet Magic Hour
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Optic Fiber
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Manhattan Merengue
  • Rosita
1997
85% Bottle Rocket
  • Inez
1996
No Score Yet Manhattan Merengue
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Bottle Rocket
  • Actor
1994
90% Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate)
  • Tita
1992
No Score Yet El Secreto de Romelia
  • Actor
1988

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