The chords of a suite in homage to Antón García Abril by Alberto de Paz sound and the few doubts that remained about the emotional load that the appointment promised are cleared up. Because already in its first bars –literal, musical and sentimental– the Malaga Cinema gala showed a feeling of belonging remembering the composer of so many soundtracks and so linked to Malaga, who died on March 17th.
An inaugural wink confirmed throughout the entire ceremony, raised almost like a celebration of that kind of herd immunity that Malaga cinema continues to find at the festival, now more than ever a showcase, but also a refuge, in the arena but also in some group therapy. And that function is fulfilled like almost no one else by the Malaga Cinema gala within the festival grid.
To get started, Málaga Cinema’s convening power is well above the average of many hypothetical higher-end galas. Because this is the night – well, late night – when cinema made in and from Malaga pays homage to itself with the festival as an excuse and catalyst. The meeting at the Cervantes serves each year for the local audiovisual industry to recognize the work of its own and on this occasion that tribute came with applause added to the resistance amid the extraordinary uncertainty that the health crisis has left in the sector for some time more than a year.
Fran Perea as best actor, Mara Guil as best actress, the Malaga Film Office team (who did not speak) for their work in the last two decades in promoting the city as a shooting destination, the scriptwriter Marina Parés in the section dedicated to the trades of the cinema and the award for the professional trajectory for Manuel Bandera. That was the record, the pretext to claim the worth of a sector and some professions always on the wire.
But this was an occasion to celebrate and faith that some of those who saw their names projected on the Cervantes screen as selected in the aid to the production of Malaga projects did it with enthusiasm – cheers and whistles included. The cut has been marked by the filmmakers Isaki Lacuesta and Xavi Puebla, So the euphoria was more than justified.
Those chosen were Juanjo Rueda, Rocío Sepúlveda, Eduardo Hirschfeld and Kevin Castellano, Pedro Sara Vila, Álex Esteve, Pablo Barce, Laura Río, Amanda Gutiérrez del Castillo, Pedro Ortega Ibáñez, Juan Torrijos and Kiko Prada. Write down those names, they will read them again in not long on these and other pages.
“This is Malaga time, more or less about half past seven,” opened the master of ceremonies, Domi del Postigo, host of the gala raised to recognize «The talent made in Malaga». The organizers were about to keep Fran Perea as a surprise until the end, but the actor, musician and cultural manager found out a little before his award for best performer.
Perea thanked the festival for awarding the award: “With all the talent in the city, it is difficult to access one.” Then the actor added: “This is a very beautiful profession, but also very thankless. If you make bread and make bread well, it is likely that they will call you again from the bakery where you made it to come back the next day. This is not the case in this profession «.
Perea recalled that interpretation requires “starting from scratch every time” and shared the value granted to his Biznaga: “This keeps my passion alive and I need it to do what I do.”
With emotion peeking out of the corner of her eye, Mara Guil received her Biznaga for best actress. After her roles in ‘The Wish List’ (2020), ‘The Exchange’ (2017) or ‘Girls’ (2009), the interpreter has also just presented at the festival the film ‘Alegría’, Violeta Salama’s debut feature . “I want to thank all the people who have trusted me”, offered by the interpreter, who vindicated the importance of “all the technical teams of the films” when setting up a project.
Some “cinema trades” that at Málaga Cinema had their own award for the luminous talent of Marina Parés. After receiving this same year the Goya for the best screenplay adapted by the text of ‘Ane’, Parés got on the Cervantes tables to thank the recognition “as a screenwriter, woman and editor” in “Such a complicated but beautiful year” for the young Malaga writer.
And from this land Manuel Bandera left when he was 21 years old to go in search of his career in the Madrid of the early 80s. And on that path he has been under the command of Jaime Chávarri (‘Las cosas del loving’, 1989), Pedro Almodóvar (‘Kika’, 1993), Bigas Luna (‘Bámbola’, 1996) and Carlos Saura (‘Pajarico’, 1997). «More than 30 years giving the callus all over the world and carrying Malaga as a flag, always «, as Bandera was flying.
“Thank you for making me feel it was worth it”, the actor shared when he remembered his departure: «At that time Malaga was small for us, now it is not like that. Now Malaga is very big ». It is made great by people like the one who received these Biznagas last night.