The II Carmen Academia de Cine de Andalucía Awards Gala will take place next Saturday 4th February 2023 at the Auditorio Municipal Maestro Padilla in Almería.
The event will be hosted by the actress Belén Cuesta and the actor Salva Reina, in a gala which will be attended by many of the nominees of this second edition, as well as award winners and other participants, in addition to different personalities of the Andalusian and Spanish audiovisual sector.
The Carmen del Cine Andaluz Film Awards, organised by the Andalusian Film Academy, are supported by the Diputación de Almería, the Consejería de Turismo, Cultura y Deportes de la Regional Government of Andalusia, the Ayuntamiento de Almería and RTVA, in collaboration with the Fundación SGAE, Fundación AISGE, EGEDA, Andalucía Film Commission and Crea SGR.
The deputy for Culture and Cinema, Almudena Morales, highlighted the importance of this event that “consolidates our province as a land of cinema. It is an honour that the Andalusian Film Awards are being held in Almería, a fact that demonstrates the importance of the province in the Andalusian and national audiovisual sector, with the experience we treasure as a film set and the XXI editions of FICAL”.
For his part, the Councillor for Culture and Education of Almería City Council, Diego Cruz, expressed his satisfaction that the city will once again be the protagonist of a top-level event in the film sector. “The Maestro Padilla Municipal Auditorium will be a perfect setting for the presentation of these awards, which have become a prestigious distinction for all professionals involved in film and which will have in Almería the perfect host, thus strengthening both our relationship with the sector and consolidating the city as a capital of culturally outstanding events, as reflected in our programming each season”.
José Vélez, delegate of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Regional Government of Andalusia in Almería, describes as a “great opportunity” the celebration of the Carmen Awards of Andalusian Cinema in Almería, an event that will have “a wide media repercussion thanks to the live broadcasting of Canal Sur and which highlights the strategic axis that the seventh art represents for culture, tourism and the creation of wealth in Almería and all Andalusia”.
Belén Cuesta began her professional career in 2008 with the series Cazadores de hombres. Afterwards, she worked in other fictions such as Palomitas or Bandolera. Playing the nun Milagros in La llamada, a play written and directed by Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi, marked a before and after in her career.
Then came her first starring roles in films such as Ocho apellidos catalanes, directed by Emilio Martínez Lázaro, Tenemos que hablar, by David Serrano, El pregón, by Dani de la Orden and Kiki, el amor se hace, directed by Paco León, which earned her a Goya nomination for Best New Actress.
The Ondas Award-winning series Paquita Salas, by Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi, in which she plays Magüi, won her the Feroz Award for Best Supporting Actress. After the success of the series, she premiered the film adaptation of La llamada, a performance for which she was nominated for the Goya for best supporting actress as well as the Feroz.
In 2018 she took to the stage of the Teatro Español, starring in the play Los universos paralelos, directed by David Serrano; she joined the cast of the series Mira lo que has hecho, by Berto Romero, and filmed Litus, by Dani de la Orden; A pesar de todo, directed by Gabriela Tagliavini; Sin aliento, by Tudor Giurgiu and Ventajas de viajar en tren, by Aritz Moreno.
In 2019 he filmed Hasta que la boda nos separe, directed again by Dani de la Orden; he voiced the main character in the animated film Klaus and premiered the third season of Paquita Salas. She debuted at the Mérida Festival with the play Metamorphosis, Mary Zimmerman’s version of Ovid’s work, sharing the stage with Concha Velasco and premiered at the San Sebastian Festival in La trinchera infinita, directed by Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga.
She is Laura in Sentimental, one of the leading roles in the comedy directed by Cesc Gay. She joined the cast of La Casa de Papel during its third season, playing Manila, one of the members of the gang.
Salva Reina made his film debut with director Enrique Garcia in 321 Days in Michigan. With this first film work he won in 2014 the Silver Biznaga for Best Supporting Actor ex aequo at the Malaga Film Festival and was nominated for the ASECAN awards for Best Male Performance.
The following year, in 2015, the Malaga Film Festival also awarded him the Malaga Cinema Award for Best Malaga Actor for his work in 321 Days in Michigan and for La Isla Minima (winner of 10 Goya Awards in 2015) by Alberto Rodríguez.
He has participated in several films such as Villaviciosa de al lado, Señor dame Paciencia, El intercambio, El mejor verano de mi vida, Antes de la quema, Las pesadillas de Alberto Soto, Adiós, Hasta que la boda nos separe, La lista de los deseos, Con quien viajas, Cahita: la esclavitud borrada, Todos lo hacen, Polar or El Universo de Oliver.
In 2019 he was nominated for Best Leading Male Performance for Fernando Colomo’s Antes de la Quema at the ASECAN Awards and also for Best Supporting Actor for Paco Cabezas’ Adiós.
He has also participated in series such as Allí abajo (MIM Award for Best Comedy Actor 2017), La zona, Sabuesos, Deudas and Malaka. For this last work in television he has received the FIBABC and MIM Series awards as best drama actor in 2019 and is nominated as best actor 2020 in the Iris Awards by the Academy of Television and Audiovisual Arts and Sciences. He is currently filming the series Mano de Hierro for Netflix produced by The Mediapro Studio.
The Andalusian Film Awards gala will become the epicentre of a series of previous film-related activities to be held in the province of Almeria, which will focus on the close link between the people of Almeria and its natural scenery and this art form.
The gala will be broadcast on Canal Sur TV at 21:30h.
All feature films with a minimum running time of 70 minutes, released in Spain in 2022, in their original version, in commercial cinemas and with box office open to the public, as well as original feature films from pay-per-view platforms that meet the requirements set out in the rules, are eligible for the Carmen Awards for Andalusian Cinema.
The Andalusian Film Academy, founded in 2020, was created as a non-profit association, made up of people dedicated to different professional guilds related to film and audiovisual creation, with the aim of representing all the diversity of the sector in Andalusia, as well as seeking its visibility and that of its professionals, distinguishing its creative excellence, and serving as an observatory of filmmaking in Andalusia.