Golden Bear at the Berlinale for Catalan director Clara Simon, four Spaniards nominated for this year’s Oscars, including Penélope Cruz-Javier Bardem couple: Spanish seventh art dazzles the international stage that rolled out the red carpet for him.
“That Penelope is nominated for a role in Spanish is extraordinary, historic for the Spanish brand.“: When the nominations for the Oscar ceremony, which will be held on March 27, were announced, Javier Bardem did not have enough words to get excited.
Unlike some countries with a very strong cinematic DNA, Spain has so far struggled to find its place on the international stage. Thus, Luis Buñuel is the only Spaniard to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1961 for Viridiana.
But since then, Spanish cinema has been catching up, regularly hitting the jackpot, like Carla Simon in Berlin with her film. Alcarraz. According to Variety magazine, Penélope Cruz’s name is circulating as jury president for the next Cannes Film Festival. This award was already presented in 2017 to Pedro Almodóvar, by far the most respected Iberian director abroad.
From the Oscar side, the actress already received a statuette in 2009, but for an American film (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen). If she had received it for her role as Yanis in Pedro Almodóvar’s Mères Parallèles, it would have been a 100% dedication to Made in Spain, especially since the film’s music earned the Basque composer a fourth nomination. .
The latter, who has worked with Almodóvar on 13 films for more than twenty years, confirms to AFP that the Spanish seventh art knows “a very strong impulse that is the result not of coincidence but of passion“news, result”education, work of film schools“.”Maybe we started a little late, smaller industry, fewer filmmakers“, he continues.
“Spanish cinema struggled to make it to international festivals“, adds Pilar Martínez-Vasser, director of the Spanish Film Festival in Nantes. Films that were released abroad were often not identified as Spanish, she explains: who knows, for example, that Otherstarring Nicole Kidman, was directed by Alejandro Amenabar?
“In Spain, there is still an opinion that Spanish cinema is bad, that this is a nest of communists, that directors who do nothing and receive subsidies are promoted.“, she laments, begging for more”cultural diplomacy“Thanks to more support from the Spanish government.
However, on this side of the Pyrenees, the seventh art is much less funded than in France, many specialists in this field note. Industry”learned to find its place in a globalized ecosystem“says Beatriz Navas, director general of the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts, which is administered by the Ministry of Culture.”It took a cultural broth that didn’t happen overnight (…) and enough cooking time for the pieces to get the recognition they deserve.she adds.
Besides Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Alberto Iglesias, a short film by Alberto Mielgo Wiper was also shortlisted for the Oscars. “Spanish cinema is having its best moment.”welcomes José Luis Rebordinos, director of the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival.
“There are a lot of movies, audiovisual productions in Spain at the moment with platforms that provide a lot of work and allow Spanish technicians to be better.“, he explains. Spain, whose western scenery attracted Hollywood in the 1960s, is becoming increasingly popular as a series production platform: Netflix, which opened its first European studios in 2019 in Madrid, streams successful Spanish series such as Casa de Papel or Elite.
For a year now, the left government has been strivingmake Spain the audiovisual center of Europe“and increase production on its territory by 30% by 2025 by investing 1.6 billion euros.”International critics pay more attention to our cinema thanks to big names in cinema“, judge Luis Rebordinos, director of the festival in San Sebastian.