Urbizu’s No Rest For the Wicked triumphs at Forqué Awards
by Sergio Ríos Pérez
Less than one month away from the Goya Awards ceremony (see news), No Rest For the Wicked [+see also:
film profile], by Enrique Urbizu [pictured], has won the first round by triumphing at the Forqué Awards, presented last night in Madrid by EGEDA, the Producers’ Rights Management Organisation. These awards are considered the prelude to the Goyas, as they serve to sound out the mood of the sector just ahead of the great occasion dedicated to Spanish cinema.
Urbizu’s cinematic comeback, produced by Lazona Films and Telecinco Cinema, nabbed the award for Best Spanish Film of the Year, beating The Sleeping Voice [+see also:
film profile], Cousinhood [+see also:
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interview: Álex de la Iglesia
film profile] and The Skin I Live In [+see also:
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile]. At the Goyas, the film will again compete in this category against two of the above-mentioned titles – The Sleeping Voice and The Skin I Live In – and Mateo Gil’s Blackthorn [+see also:
No Rest For the Wicked also picked up Best Actor for José Coronado, another hotly-tipped favourite for the Goyas (where he will have to beat off competition from none other than Daniel Brühl, Antonio Banderas and Luis Tosar). Meanwhile, Elena Anaya won Best Actress for her performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In.
The ceremony was one of the first film world events attended by José Ignacio Wert as head of Spanish culture. There was great anticipation to hear what he had to say, especially in the wake of the controversy generated by the new government’s alleged plan to reform the film funding system (see news). After insisting “I’m one of you”, Wert assured that “the Ministry will help to protect copyright. Without this protection, there will be no progression”. This is manna to the ears of producers, who are doubly satisfied in a week when the shutdown of Megaupload has coincided with an upturn in audience figures in cinemas and on legal download platforms. Is it just a coincidence? It is still too early to draw conclusions, but for a sector so much in need of good news like cinema, it’s not a bad start.
(Translated from Spanish)
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