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Wild Tales is a double finalist at the 20th Forqué Awards

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- The Spanish-Argentinean co-production is competing as the Best Latin American Fiction Film as well as the Spanish equivalent; it is up against such successful titles as Marshland and El niño

Wild Tales is a double finalist at the 20th Forqué Awards
Wild Tales by Damián Szifron

At a ceremony held this morning in a luxurious Madrid hotel, which welcomed the upper crust from the world of Spanish film production, the hopefuls were announced for the José María Forqué Award, which this time around celebrates its 20th anniversary. Wild Tales [+see also:
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trailer
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]
, which is co-produced by El Deseo, surprised those present owing to its double nomination for Best Latin American Film and Best Spanish Film. In the latter category, it will be up against titles that are still receiving many nominations (read more): El niño [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Daniel Monzón
film profile
]
, Marshland [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alberto Rodríguez
film profile
]
, Magical Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carlos Vermut
film profile
]
and the national treasure Spanish Affair [+see also:
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]
.

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In the acting category of the awards, founded by EGEDA and set to be handed out on 12 January, Bárbara Lennie (for Magical Girl), Elena Anaya (Todos están muertos [+see also:
trailer
interview: Beatriz Sanchís
film profile
]
), Ingrid García-Jonsson (Beautiful Youth [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Jaime Rosales
film profile
]
) and Natalia Tena (Long Distance [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
film profile
]
) will be competing for the Best Actress Award, while Javier Gutiérrez (Marshland), José Sacristán (Magical Girl), Karra Elejalde (Spanish Affair) and Raúl Arévalo (Marshland) have been selected among the actors; the latter was actually reading out the names and could hardly conceal his joy.

Enrique Cerezo, president of EGEDA (an organisation that is celebrating its 25th anniversary), addressed those present and criticised the “genuine Atraco a las tres (Robbery at 3 o’clock) that the Spanish film industry is being subjected to at the moment”, a nod to one of the most famous titles by the legendary filmmaker José María Forqué. However, he reminded the audience that, in spite of the government’s attitude, the Spanish film industry is still brimming with talent.

In addition, Cerezo announced that the EGEDA board had, for the first time ever, decided to hand its Gold Medal “to a company, a key player in promoting and circulating our films: the Spanish public broadcaster Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE), because without the involvement of the TV companies, the production cogs grind to a halt: this year, RTVE is supporting over 50 projects,” he concluded.

(Translated from Spanish)

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