Japanese actress and “talent” Sarina Suzuki won this year’s Best Lead Actress in a Foreign Language Film at the Madrid International Film Festival for her role in the Japanese movie, The Miraculous Postcards (Kiseki no Hagaki).
The all-smiles Suzuki held a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday upon her return from Madrid, telling journalists that she is overjoyed but still couldn’t believe the news.
“I still think that this is some kind of a prank,” Suzuki said. “I’m the one who’s most surprised (by the award).”
Suzuki, whose long showbiz career has included appearances as a gravure idol, regular TV personality and a short stint as a reggae singer, took it to the big screen for the first time in about 10 years.
The Miraculous Postcards, which will be released in Japan on November 4, is based on a true story and tells of the life struggles of a woman who cares of a critically ill daughter and a mother stricken by dementia.
During the press conference in Tokyo, Suzuki further revealed that she was robbed at a restaurant in Madrid the night before the ceremony. She lost her bag, including her credit cards and passport, to a snatch group that had posed as a couple and were sitting behind her at a restaurant, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Despite the incident, however, during her award acceptance speech in Madrid on July 15, Suzuki told the audience that she had lost much during her stay in the Spanish capital, but “won a trophy,” and that she couldn’t be happier.