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Awards galas have fun one of the best of the earlier yr. But the Goyas, of their thirty eighth version being held this Saturday in Valladolid, are being pressured to additionally take a look at the worst of the previous and current of Spanish cinema: violence and abuse in opposition to girls. With the aim and hope that, maybe, this future will convey concrete actions and options.

A yr in the past, filmmaker Carlos Vermut walked the pink carpet on the Goya Awards as a candidate for greatest director for Manticore. The publication two weeks in the past in EL PAÍS of an article by which three girls accused him of sexual violence has marked Spanish cinema to the purpose that the Ministry of Culture introduced inside hours of the Goya gala the creation of a unit of “care and prevention of sexist violence.”

It is a remaining motion that provides to earlier statements: the Academy confirmed days earlier than that the ceremony “will make visible the claim that sexual violence and abuses of power have no place in the world of cinema or in society as a whole.” Spanish”, and the Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media (Cima) explained on Thursday that its members will wear a white pai pai with the motto #seacabó – inherited from the world of sports – in red “with which they need increase consciousness amongst all movie and audiovisual professionals of the conditions of abuse of energy and sexual violence suffered by victims.” Just within the yr by which, for the primary time, after 38 editions of the Academy Awards, 61% of the nominations – particular person and shared – embrace girls (in 2023 it had reached 40%).

EL PAÍS contacted a number of of the primary organizations within the audiovisual sector. The president of the Film Academy, Fernando Méndez-Leite, canceled the interview as a result of scheduling issues. Cima instantly declined to answer this newspaper's questions. The Union of Actors and Actresses didn’t reply both. That is to say, organizations identified for his or her loquacity have been silent for days.

On the opposite hand, Dama, the audiovisual rights administration entity, did reply to this newspaper by way of its normal director, Carmen Pacheco: “We strongly condemn any form of abuse and harassment. We expressly sympathize with the victims. Our position is firm: abuse and violence have no place in any area, and we actively work to foster a safe and respectful environment in the audiovisual community. Our doors will always be open to provide help and advocacy to victims. “We hope this case marks a turning point.” It is a line much like the one marked by the Minister of Culture, Ernest Urtasun, two weeks in the past on the entrance to the Feroz awards, and which took form yesterday with the announcement of this unit for “care and prevention of sexist violence in the cultural sector”. The fundamental goals of the workplace, the Ministry pressured, are “to support victims of sexist violence and, secondly, to carry out specific studies to develop protocols and recommendations that respond to the specific needs of each sector and organism linked to culture”. But little extra: there isn’t a monetary reminiscence, neither is it identified what the construction might be, nor the way it will match into the group chart of the ministry, nor who will direct it, nor the personnel it’s going to have.

The actress and producer Sigourney Weaver, Goya Internacional in this edition, yesterday Friday at her press conference with the mayor of Valladolid, Jesús Julio Carnero, and the president of the Film Academy, Fernando Méndez-Leite.
The actress and producer Sigourney Weaver, Goya Internacional on this version, yesterday Friday at her press convention with the mayor of Valladolid, Jesús Julio Carnero, and the president of the Film Academy, Fernando Méndez-Leite.Jaime Villanueva

The similar factor occurs with these attending the gala. A nominee sums up the 2 currents of thought that appear to run by way of Spanish cinema: “On the one hand, it is angry that opening this Pandora's box now casts a shadow over everything. It should be a very bright moment of brotherhood and celebration. At the same time, perhaps the fuse has been lit. These cases of sexual violence have also opened the door to talk about abuses of power, which are really the evil of this industry and of many.” Said anonymously, which provides another clue about the mood of the sector. “When I get together with other female filmmakers, they share everything from subtle abuses of power, to lack of respect, to obvious cases of machismo. That is in society, it is difficult to change it suddenly, and even more so when all the leaders have been established for decades and remain full of men. That's also why it's difficult to talk: you can reveal a case, but it's going to make a splash. All the friends of that person in power are going to turn their backs on you. Reporting someone is creating a problem for yourself. And Spanish cinema is a network where everyone knows each other and you are closing doors,” says the nominee.

Icíar Bollaín, nominated 13 times for the Goya and winner of two awards (for the original script and direction of I give you my eyes)which these days is filming in Bilbao I am Nevenka, Yes, he responds to EL PAÍS: “Cinema is a showcase for Spanish society, and in reality, it is also a reflection of Spain. And the abuse of power occurs in many places: there has not been a MeToo neither in politics, nor in journalism, in science, or in the University. I hope many people rethink their attitudes and ways. A general review of Spanish society is necessary, and yes, I include cinema in it.”

Agricultural mobilization

In reality, controversial issues are multiplying in 2024 around a gala that has traditionally been a speaker for social protests. The mobilization of farmers that shakes Spain and Europe flies over the ceremony and even makes it shake: the protesters have threatened with a tractor unit that will block Valladolid this Saturday and also the access to the Fair Auditorium where the Goya awards are held. The subdelegation of the Government in Castilla y León announced yesterday an “unprecedented” deployment for the ceremony and admitted its concern about the possible mobilization of farmers with the capacity to cause chaos in the city. Yesterday, Friday, the Civil Guard and the National Police controlled road access to the Castilian-Leonese city, and the subdelegate of the Government in Valladolid, Jacinto Canales, declared that today “they’re leaving to attempt to forestall the entry of tractors,” reports Juan Navarro The Film Academy has asked those attending the gala to go to the auditorium in advance.

The presence, for the first time, of representatives of the far-right party Vox also stirs Spanish cinema. The city of Pucelana negotiated and managed to organize the ceremony when the municipal corporation was chaired by Óscar Puente, from the PSOE and current Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility. Now the city council is led by the PP with an agreement with Vox, which retained the Department of Culture, although both the organization of this ceremony and that of the city's film festival, Seminci, fall within the area of ​​Tourism, Events and City Brand, in the hands of the PP.

Because previously members of the formation described the ceremony as a “party act” and even accused it of “whitewashing ETA.” And because just yesterday Juan García-Gallardo, vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León and member of the National Executive Committee of Vox, acknowledged that his presence “is going to sting” and added: “They are going to have to scratch it if they itch.” ”.

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A street in Valladolid, with posters promoting the Goya, yesterday Friday.Jaime Villanueva

“The gentlemen are the ones who want to make a living by producing cinematographic works that no one sees later at the expense of millions and millions of euros that Spanish taxpayers pay with great effort,” García-Gallardo added about many of the protagonists with whom he will coincide in the Red carpet. In passing, he asked them for “real demands,” referring precisely to those of the farmers.

And there is still another conflict: previous Goya winners have already criticized Israel's invasion of Gaza, and it would be little surprise if the message is repeated today, 21 years after the “no to conflict” ceremony in Iraq.

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