The “Patio de Luces” of the Provincial Council of Almeria hosted yesterday afternoon the first of three round tables that will be held to coincide with the gala of the Carmen Awards of Andalusian Cinema, which will reward the best films, artists and professionals of Andalusia in the last year, to be held this Saturday at the Auditorio Maestro Padilla.
The Deputy for Culture and Cinema, Almudena Morales, welcomed the Provincial Council, the public and the speakers and highlighted the “great opportunity that these awards represent for the promotion of our province as a land of cinema”, and added that “with these activities we want to encourage the meeting between Andalusian filmmakers with professionals and fans from Almeria, to produce this contact and synergies so that the relationship between cinema and Almeria continues to grow”.
For his part, the vice-president of the Andalusian Film Academy, Enrique Iznaola, expressed his gratitude for the institutional and social support that the awards are receiving from Almeria, and explained that the Academy was created to “disseminate the work of Andalusian film professionals and to highlight the cultural and industrial importance of the seventh art”.
This afternoon’s round table was held with academics from Almería and included the participation of producer Peter Beale, musician David Miralles, casting director Manuel Capilla, characteriser Jesús de Bina and directors Nieves Gómez and Nuria Vargas who, in her case, has two nominations for this year’s Carmen awards for her documentary ‘Controverso’. The round table was moderated by Jesús Ibáñez, director of the programme Cine en Serie.
The speakers shared with the audience what their first film experience was like, as well as their latest works, and assessed the leading role played by the province of Almería and its professionals on the national and international film scene.
Organised by the Academia del Cine de Andalucía, with the support of Diputación de Almería, Costa de Almería, Consejería de Turismo, Cultura y Deportes de la Regional Government of Andalusia, Ayuntamiento de Almería and RTVA, in collaboration with Fundación SGAE, Fundación AISGE, EGEDA, Andalucía Film Commission, Crea SGR, Emóleo. Design and Communication, Oasys MiniHollywood, Hyundai, Leyfer, Lourdes Ontiveros. Profesional Makeup, TJL Producción Técnica, Barceló Cabo de Gata and Kuver Producciones, the awards become the great celebration of cinema with an Andalusian accent.
The Carmen Awards gala will be held this Saturday, 4th February, from 22:00 hours in the Auditorio Maestro Padilla, and will be broadcast by Canal Sur. It will be presented by the performers Belén Cuesta and Salva Reina and will feature musical performances by María Peláe, Abraham Mateo, Nuria Fergó and The Gardener.
Modelo 77′, with 14 nominations, is the most nominated production, followed by ‘Las Gentiles’, with 13; ‘La maniobra de la tortuga’, with 12; ‘El universo de Óliver’, with 9; and ‘A las mujeres de España. María Lejárraga’, with 7.
Parallel activities for the rest of the week
CARMEN AWARD NOMINEES FOR BEST FEATURE FILM CYCLE
Filmoteca de Andalucía at its headquarters in Almería.
19:00. Free admission
Thursday 2 February:
“Las gentiles” by Santi Amodeo
Friday 3 February:
“Modelo 77” by Alberto Rodríguez
MEETING WITH PROFESSIONALS FROM THE ALMERIA SECTOR AND THE FILM ACADEMY OF ANDALUSIA
Patio de Luces of the Almeria Provincial Council
Thursday 2nd February
19.30. Free admission
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION OF FILMS NOMINATED FOR THE CARMEN AWARDS
Patio de Luces of the Diputación de Almería
Friday 3rd February
19.30 p.m. Free entrance
Participants: Santi Amodeo, Fernando Franco, Laura Hojman, Remedios Malvárez, Alexis Morante, Nuria Vargas y Alberto Rodríguez
Moderator: Manuel Martín Cuenca