Spain’s producers crown Marshland
by Alfonso Rivera
- Alberto Rodríguez’s film takes centre stage at the ceremony for the 20th Forqué Awards, snagging Best Film and Best Actor for its lead, Javier Gutiérrez
Last night, the Municipal Conference Centre in Madrid hosted the gala for the 20th José María Forqué Film Awards, handed out by EGEDA. It brought together some of the most prominent figures from the Spanish film industry: even the elusive Minister of Culture, José Ignacio Wert, graced the event with his presence. The awards list served as an indication that Marshland [+see also:
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film profile] is set to win the most trophies during the current awards season, as it trounced its rivals (read the nominations news) by snagging Best Fiction Film and Best Actor for one of its stars, Javier Gutiérrez.
In the Best Actress category, Bárbara Lennie was unable to come up and collect her well-deserved award, as she is presently in Uruguay, so the director of Magical Girl [+see also:
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film profile], Carlos Vermut, accepted it on her behalf. On the other hand, Esther García and Agustín Almodóvar, of production outfit El Deseo, the producer of the Spanish-Argentinian smash hit Wild Tales [+see also:
film profile], were able to collect their prize – and that they did, clearly very happy and proud to do so. The movie, which was difficult to make owing to its lack of a well-defined genre, and which is still earning plaudits, was judged Best Latin American Film.
In the Best Documentary and/or Animated Film category, the winner was Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo [+see also:
film profile], by Javier Fesser, and EGEDA’s Gold Medal was bestowed upon RTVE, in recognition of it being the number-one screen for Spanish cinema. During the enjoyable, light-hearted but brief ceremony, actor José Sacristán and actress Belén Rueda also took a few moments to assert freedom of expression and condemn the recent attack in Paris.
Meanwhile, EGEDA president Enrique Cerezo made the most of his time on stage to remind Minister Wert: “The Spanish film industry contributes more to the public coffers than it gets from them; it creates jobs and needs laws that will strengthen its development, since producers cannot rely on getting the support that they need. Nevertheless, the cultural industry has steeled itself to safeguard against despondency.”
(Translated from Spanish)