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After 6 year-hiatus, Penelope Cruz back to big screen in Spain with heart wrenching drama

After six years absence, Penelope Cruz has returned to the forefront of Spanish cinema with 'MA MA', where she portrays the character Magda. The film is set to premiere on Sept. 11 in Spain.

In an interview with EFE, Cruz explained that Magda is an unemployed teacher who receives a diagnosis of breast cancer with a sense of gratitude and strength. She said the protagonist is "an example of struggle, and a life lesson on how to deal with a tragedy."

"I read the full script of MA MA in one night, and I fell in love with the story. The topics covered are very difficult, but it is not a depressing film. When the film ends, it makes you want to hug your family and tell them how much you love them. I feel happy because the movie delivers this message," she told EFE.

The film, directed by Julio Medem, brings together Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia, Alex Brendemuhl and Silvia Abascal.

Cruz, 41, has starred in several notable motion pictures, such as "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, "Volver" (2006), "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2011), "Nine" (2009) and "Broken Embraces" (2009).

Based on reporting by EFE.

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