Antonio Resines confirmed as president of the Spanish Film Academy
by Alfonso Rivera
- In the absence of any rivals running for the early elections at the institution, the Cantabrian actor has been confirmed in the position he has been occupying since González Macho’s resignation
On 19 February, when exhibitor/distributor/producer Enrique González Macho – who had been president of the Spanish Film Academy for almost five years (he was re-elected during the most recent elections, which took place in May 2014) – announced he was stepping down for personal reasons (read the news), 60-year-old actor Antonio Resines, who had until then been first vice-president, provisionally took over the role, until early elections were held. But the deadline for presenting nominations passed last Wednesday, and the only one submitted was that of Resines, seconded by filmmaker Gracia Querejeta (who is replacing Catalan director Judith Colell and is releasing Felices 140 [+see also:
interview: Gracia Querejeta
film profile] this Friday) and the multitalented Edmon Roch (winner of the Goya Award for Best Producer for Tad, the Lost Explorer [+see also:
interview: Paul Giamatti
film profile] and El niño [+see also:
interview: Daniel Monzón
film profile]). Thus the lead actor from Lucky Star (a performance that earned him a Goya in 1998) was confirmed as the 13th president of the Spanish Academy of Film Arts and Sciences.
As a result, although there will be no elections on 9 May, the Assembly’s formal ceremony of confirmation will still need to take place, and at this event, Resines will be appointed president for the next four years. The actor will continue along the same lines as González Macho, and among his projects are the celebration to be held for the 30th anniversary of the Goya Awards, securing higher levels of funding for the institution through the creation of a foundation, and bringing an ambitious project to fruition: that of creating an archive dedicated to the memory of Spanish cinema.
Resines, the fifth actor to occupy this post, has also served as a producer on a number of shorts and features, including Chico & Rita [+see also:
interview: Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando
film profile] by his friend Fernando Trueba (the second president of the Academy), whose orders he will be complying with soon on the shoot for La reina de España, the sequel to The Girl of Your Dreams, once again rubbing shoulders with Penélope Cruz.
(Translated from Spanish)