The Girl of Your Dreams

The Girl of Your Dreams (Spanish: La niña de tus ojos) is a 1998 Spanish drama film produced and directed by Fernando Trueba that stars Penélope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Johannes Silberschneider and Hanna Schygulla. Set during the Spanish Civil War, it centers on a fictional Andalusian actress making a film in Nazi Germany who becomes the object of Joseph Goebbels' attentions.

The Girl of Your Dreams
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byFernando Trueba
Produced byAndrés Vicente Gómez
Eduardo Campoy
Cristina Huete
Written byRafael Azcona
Miguel Ángel Egea
Carlos López
David Trueba
StarringPenélope Cruz
Antonio Resines
Jorge Sanz
Rosa María Sardà
Santiago Segura
Music byAntoine Duhamel
CinematographyJavier Aguirresarobe
Edited byCarmen Frías
Release date
  • 13 November 1998 (1998-11-13)
Running time
121 minutes


In 1938, while Spain is in the grip of civil war, a film team from territory held by Franco's rebels are invited to the co-production in Berlin of a musical set in 19th-century Andalucia, to be shot in separate Spanish and German versions. At first happy to be working away from their war-torn country, the group find life under Nazism increasingly unpleasant and dangerous.

Macarena, their attractive star, soon catches the eye of Goebbels, the Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, who is determined to bed her. Though she finds him repulsive, and prefers the company of Blas, the married director of the Spanish version, it is made clear to her that for the sake of the project and of Hispano-German relations she must comply.

When she points out that the extras in the film look ridiculously inauthentic, being tall and fair-haired, they are replaced by short dark Jewish and Romani prisoners from a concentration camp, under armed SS guards. An extra with whom she sympathises, a handsome Russian called Leo, escapes the guards and she smuggles him into the villa where Goebbels has installed her. When Goebbels calls round, Leo knocks him out cold.

Blas realises that this is the end of the road for the project and rushes to see Goebbels' wife, who is well aware of her husband's activities. She writes him a pass enabling Leo, Macarena and her dresser to board a plane that night. The fate of the rest of the group, who are all under arrest, is unclear.


Historical backgroundEdit

During the Civil War, filmmakers from the Nationalist side found work in Germany and Italy. For example, in 1938 at the UFA studios in Babelsberg, the Spanish director Florián Rey filmed Carmen, la de Triana in Spanish and a German version called Andalusische Nächte, both starring the Argentine singer and actress Imperio Argentina with whom, according to legend, Hitler fell in love. She is reported to have sued the producers and director for using her life story without permission.


Year Award / Film Festival Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
1999 1999 Goya Awards Best Film The Girl of Your Dreams Won [1][2]
Best Director Fernando Trueba Nominated
Best Actor Antonio Resines Nominated
Best Actress Penélope Cruz Won
Best Supporting Actor Jorge Sanz Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Rosa Maria Sardá Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Miguel Ángel Egea and Carlos López Nominated
Best New Actor Miroslav Táborský Won
Best Cinematography Javier Aguirresarobe Nominated
Best Editing Iván Aledo Nominated
Best Art Direction Gerardo Vera Won
Best Production Supervision Angélica Huete Won
Best Sound Pierre Gamet, Dominique Hennequin & Santiago Thévenet Nominated
Best Special Effects Emilio Ruiz & Alfonso Nieto Nominated
Best Costume Design Sonia Grande & Lala Huete Won
Best Makeup and Hairstlyes Antonio Panizza & Gregorio Ros Won
Best Original Score Antoine Duhamel Nominated
1999 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear The Girl of Your Dreams Nominated [3]


A sequel, La reina de España (English: The Queen of Spain), starring Penélope Cruz and Jorge Sanz, was released on 25 November 2016.


  1. ^ "Ganadores Premios Goya 1999". Academia del Cine (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  2. ^ "Nominados Premios Goya 1999". Academia del Cine (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1999 Programme". Retrieved 2012-02-02.

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