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The Endless Trench crowned Best Film at the 25th Forqué Awards

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- The top prize handed out by EGEDA was bestowed upon directorial trio Arregi, Garaño and Goenaga, who trounced a host of solid rivals such as Alejandro Amenábar and Pedro Almodóvar

The Endless Trench crowned Best Film at the 25th Forqué Awards
The team behind The Endless Trench with their Best Fiction Feature Award, following the 25th Forqué Awards ceremony

The ceremony for the 25th José María Forqué Film Awards (handed out by EGEDA, an organisation that manages Spanish audiovisual producers' rights) was held on Saturday night in Madrid, with TV presenter Elena Sánchez and filmmaker Santiago Segura acting as the hosts. The event saw the victory of The Endless Trench [+see also:
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, a co-production between Spain and France directed by José Mari Goenaga, Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi. The drama about a man tucked away for decades inside a wardrobe, hidden away for fear of being caught by the Franco regime, which previously picked up three gongs at the most recent San Sebastián Film Festival, won out over a clutch of solid rivals: Fire Will Come [+see also:
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by Oliver Laxe, While at War [+see also:
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by Alejandro Amenábar and Pain & Glory [+see also:
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by Pedro Almodóvar.

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La Mancha-born Almodóvar did not attend the ceremony, on account of him being in the USA, engrossed in the pre-Oscars campaign, but his brother, producer Agustín Almodóvar, was present and collected the prize awarded to Antonio Banderas, who was voted Best Actor of 2019 (after he also garnered the same trophy at the latest Cannes Film Festival). Banderas was unable to attend to accept his Forqué Award in person because he was in Málaga (his birthplace) performing in the musical A Chorus Line, which he himself has produced and is starring in.

Meanwhile, actress Marta Nieto did come up on stage to claim her well-deserved Forqué, which she won – as she also did at last year’s Venice and Seville Film Festivals – for her intense turn in Madre [+see also:
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by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, thus trouncing her rivals: Greta Fernández (who was in the running with A Thief’s Daughter [+see also:
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), Belén Cuesta (The Endless Trench) and Pilar Castro (Advantages of Travelling by Train [+see also:
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). In addition, the great Gonzalo Suárez – an author, filmmaker, and magnificent artist and intellectual who is now 85 years old – attended the ceremony in order to pick up the EGEDA Gold Medal for his faultless, daring and tireless career in film. Standout titles from his oeuvre include Rowing With the Wind, Epílogo and The Detective and Death, among countless others.

Ara Malikian: una vida entre las cuerdas by Nata Moreno came out on top in the documentary category, while Heroic Losers [+see also:
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, a co-production between Argentina (courtesy of Chino and Ricardo Darín) and Spain helmed by Sebastián Borensztein, was dubbed Best Latin American Film, plus the short The Swimmer by Pablo Barce also earned itself a gong during the event, which marks the start of the film awards season in Spain.

Lastly, Seventeen [+see also:
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, the latest outing by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, received the Film and Values-based Education Award, which is handed out in conjunction with the FAD – the Help for Drug Addiction Foundation. Furthermore, the president of EGEDA, Enrique Cerezo, conferred a Special Mention upon the Parliament’s Culture Committee for reforming the Intellectual Property Law.

To mark its jubilee edition, the Forqué Awards also set out to recognise the work that best represents Spanish film output of the last few years, and the winner was Pan’s Labyrinth [+see also:
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by Guillermo del Toro: the movie – co-produced by Spain, the USA and Mexico – was the big winner at the 2007 edition. This fantasy film won out over the other nominees, which were Thesis by Alejandro Amenábar, Marshland [+see also:
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by Alberto Rodríguez, Solas by Benito Zambrano and Lucky Star by late director Ricardo Franco.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Best Fiction Feature
The Endless Trench [+see also:
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José Mari Goenaga, Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi (Spain/France)

Best Actress
Marta Nieto – Madre [+see also:
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(Spain/France)

Best Actor
Antonio Banderas – Pain & Glory [+see also:
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Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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Best Documentary Feature
Ara Malikian: una vida entre las cuerdas – Nata Moreno

Best Short Film
The Swimmer – Pablo Barce

Best Latin American Film
Heroic Losers [+see also:
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– Sebastián Borensztein (Spain/Argentina)

Film and Values-based Education Award
Seventeen [+see also:
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interview: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
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Daniel Sánchez Arévalo

EGEDA Gold Medal
Gonzalo Suárez

Special 25th-anniversary Award
Pan’s Labyrinth [+see also:
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– Guillermo del Toro (Spain/Mexico/USA)

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(Translated from Spanish)

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