Spanish Cinema Day: What is your favorite Spanish film scene? Six national awards explained theirs on the occasion of the Spanish Cinema Day

The Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta, assured in the Cine Doré, of the Spanish Film Library, that 2022 will be the year of the cultural renaissance in a party with more than 200 activities in Spain and abroad


The dog in the Manger, Grooves, Welcome Mister Marshall, Belle Epoque, Night Function and What have I done to deserve this are the six films that have chosen six national film awards to honor and celebrate the festival of Spanish cinema, which the Ministry of Culture has marked on the calendar from now on for every 6th of October. A party that yesterday was covered by the Minister of Culture MIquel Iceta, the Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, and the Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Pilar Alegría. The six national cinematography awards that chose the scenes to celebrate this day were the art director Félix Murcia (1999), the actor José Sacristán (2021), the composer Alberto Iglesias (2007), the director Josefina Molina (2019), the actress Mercedes Sampietro (2003) and production director Esther García (2018).

During the emotional tribute, held at the Ciné Doré in Madrid, one of the oldest cinemas in Spain, with a pianist performing musical themes from Spanish cinema, and presented by the actress and journalist Cayetana Guillén Cuervo, even the minister Miquel Iceta read a script snippet.

“What better way than to celebrate Spanish cinema than by remembering some of its best moments?” Guillén Cuervo wondered at the tribute.

The proposal was simple: 6 capital sequences of Spanish cinema, chosen by 6 national cinematography awards that introduced the audience to the ins and outs of production, rehearsals, behind-the-scenes cinema, and to relive the magic of acting. As if it were an Italian table -the first reading that the actors make of a movie-, the actors Marián Álvarez, Vito Sanz, Eva Llorach, and Jesús Noguero represented the readings of the chosen scenes. “This is how we will experience the joy and surprise of the discovery of the text, the characters, the stories. The first approach on which everything else is built,” explained the presenter.

Félix Murcia, art director: ‘El Perro del Hortelano’


Félix Murcia, art director of The national shotgun, The animated forest O Women at the edge of a nervous attack, explained that he had chosen a sequence of The Dog in the Manger directed by Pilar Miró in 1995, because it shows how art directors create the universe that actors will inhabit. Murcia said that in the case of this film they had to locate palaces in both Spain and Portugal because it was key that they were real locations and not recreated.

José Sacristán, actor: Surcos


The fragment chosen by the actor Jose Sacristan of the movie Grooves, from Jose Antonio Nieves Conde (1951) corresponded with the arrival of the family from the town to the city, a tremendous portrait of Spain in the 1950s. The actor explained that when he saw him he felt very identified with what he experienced when he arrived in Madrid with his mother in the 50s, leaving his town behind. that feeling of hunger and need is what wanted to bring Doré the national cinematography prize in 2021, and the protagonist of Pending subject, The hive, The dead and being happy or Madregilda.

Alberto Iglesias, composer: What have I done to deserve this?

The composer Alberto Iglesias placeholder image, responsible for the soundtrack of many of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest films, chose a scene from What have I done to deserve this, starring Carmen Maura and in which Iglesias was not responsible for its soundtrack, but was the work of Bernardo Bonezzi. It is about the final sequence in which the mother says goodbye to the son and the music tells everything that Carmen Maura feels at that moment and is unable to say.

Josefina Molina, director: ‘Night Show’

The film chosen by Josefia Molina, the first female director to graduate from film school, was her film
Night function. This film was born out of the director’s concern to make a film about the complications that women encounter in their vital development. But they wanted to make a special film, formally, and narratively. And a meeting with the actress Lola Herrera, who told them how to represent Five Hours with Mario It had made her rethink her life and her role as a woman, the one that gave them the idea. So they proposed to the actress to meet with her ex-husband Daniel Dicenta, put them in a dressing room and record them with four cameras behind the mirrors so they could talk about everything, openly, with truths like fists and take stock of their lives. For many hours they let the cameras film their conversation, and the film was never scripted.

Mercedes Sampietro, actress: ‘Belle epoque’

The actress Mercedes sampietro chose a scene from Belle Epoque. A bucolic space, a sitcom, a day in the country … Shot by Fernando Trueba in 1991, won 9 Goya awards and the oscar for the best foreign language film, with his portrait of that particular Belle Epoque Spanish, the days
where everything seemed possible. The actress explained that she had chosen that fragment because it illustrated a very Spanish type of humor.

Esther García, production director: ‘Welcome Mr. Marshall’


The production manager Esther Garcia, national film award in 2018 with 6 Goyas in his living room, and more than 90 films produced, proposed to recover one of the great sequences of Welcome Mr. Marshall, the film that Berlanga directed in 1952, with a script by Berlanga himself, Juan Antonio Bardem, and Miguel Mihura. And to make the work behind any production scene visible, Esther García chose the currency tag. AND a work order was brought to the stage of the Doré, the document that organizes the production needs, and the work plan to carry out a sequence.

Throughout yesterday and in some cases throughout the month, a hundred institutions from various countries and the main online cinema platforms, film libraries and theaters throughout Spain have collaborated with more than 250 events with a special program in the that highlight the Spanish cinema and that can be consulted on the website of the Spanish cinema day.

Spanish cinema day website

In the act Minister Miquel Iceta highlighted his “firm commitment to promote the Spanish film industry as part of European culture”, defended the role of professionals in the film sector and their influence and importance in the cultural and social life of our country, which is the sixth in Europe with the most film productions. And he insisted that it is a moment of recovery: “2022 must be the year of the Cultural Renaissance.” And Iceta added: “This October 6 should be the beginning of new film projects, new shootings and many more Spanish film premieres. And, above all, more and more audiences in movie theaters.

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LThe party coincides in its date of celebration with the end of shooting of the film That happy couple 70 years ago, as “a symbol of one of the most brilliant generations of filmmakers and performers in our country,” as the minister emphasizes, the film has Juan Antonio Bardem and Luis García Berlanga in the direction and Fernando Fernán Gómez and Elvira Quintillá, as lead actor and actress. It also coincides that this year the centenary of the birth of Luis García Berlanga and Fernando Fernán Gómez, who starred in the film, is celebrated.

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The cinema does not ask, it offers

The minister has claimed that “cinema, culture, does not ask, it offers.” As detailed, it offers culture and offers industry. Iceta has highlighted that medium-sized independent film production companies employ an average of 20 workers and have an average annual turnover of around 15
millions of euros. Between 2010 and 2020, 2,944 feature films have been produced in Spain. More than
80% are 100% Spanish productions and the rest are co-productions. And despite the pandemic, the year
Last year, 379 Spanish films were shown, 6.8 million viewers went to theaters to see Spanish cinema and 39.4 million euros were raised.

In addition, the Ministry of Culture, to support the halls after this hard year, has chosen to allocate 10 million euros to help the more than 3,500 rooms that are still open, according to the latest census of exhibitors.