The Forqué Awards salute Truman
by Alfonso Rivera
- With two prizes – Best Fiction Film and Best Actor for Ricardo Darín – Cesc Gay’s movie has placed itself in pole position for a raft of upcoming awards
Last night, Catalan filmmaker Cesc Gay went up on stage twice at Madrid’s Municipal Congress Hall, where, in the presence of Culture Minister Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, the 21st José María Forqué Awards (read more) were handed out. He mounted the steps to collect an award on behalf of Argentinian actor Ricardo Darín (who was absent, but who won out over his fellow cast member Javier Cámara and his fellow countryman Guillermo Francella, who was competing for The Clan [+see also:
film profile]) and went up again accompanied by his producer on various cinematic ventures, Marta Esteban, when Truman [+see also:
interview: Cesc Gay
film profile] was announced as Best Fiction Film of 2015. These prizes were voted for by EGEDA, the organisation that manages Spanish audiovisual producers’ rights and which organises this event, which this year paid tribute to comedy actors.
An understandably excited – as she beat actresses such as Penélope Cruz and Juliette Binoche – Natalia de Molina clamoured for victims of eviction in the ongoing crisis when she picked up her Forqué Award for Best Actress for her spine-tingling turn in Food and Shelter [+see also:
interview: Juan Miguel del Castillo
film profile]. In his brief speech, Enrique Cerezo, president of EGEDA, once again demanded a reduction in the level of cultural VAT, and expressed his envy of the tax benefits enjoyed by the German, Italian and French film industries; he said that in the latter country, cinema is considered a state affair, before calling for the sinking of “the pirate ship”. He then handed showman, screenwriter and director Santiago Segura EGEDA’s Gold Medal for his fruitful work as a producer.
The brand-new Forqué Award for Best Short Film was bestowed upon El corredor, directed by José Luis Montesinos, and the equally novel Film and Values-based Education Award was given to the animated title Capture the Flag [+see also:
film profile] by Enrique Gato,while the brutal Chilean production The Club by Pablo Larraín was voted Best Latin American Film. Lastly, the documentary category saw victory claimed by Born in Gaza by Hernán Zin.
(Translated from Spanish)