María Zamora, National Film Award: “Not only parity is necessary, but diversity as well” | EUROtoday

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If it’s for the awards, few in Spanish cinema can boast a lot. Not solely the Berlin Bear and the San Sebastian Shell, each of that are manufactured from gold, are his because of Alcarrsby Carla Simón, and The cuckold, by Jaione Camborda. If it’s due to the distinctive nature of each awards, there isn’t a dialogue attainable both. The first of these talked about got here to Spanish cinema after a four-decade absence and the second noticed match to be the primary in historical past to fall to a Spanish director. But with every thing, the benefit of Mara Zamora (Valencia, 1976) is one other one; It is an even bigger one and, above all, higher. The current National Film Award winner can boast of being the seen head of a brand new era that has revolutionized Spanish cinematography, all of it, to the purpose of inserting it in an primarily totally different place of privilege. And oh, undoubtedly, the primary advantage: by no means earlier than has the cinema produced in Spain been so exquisitely totally different from nearly every thing. And due to this fact, exceptionally good.

“Not only parity is necessary, but also diversity,” Zamora says on the opposite finish of the telephone, maybe for not contradicting the primary paragraph. She is the second producer (first was Esther Garca in 2018) to win each the prize in query and the 30,000 euros that she brings along with her. “It is inevitable to think that you are part of a new generation that does things differently. I feel that we contribute another voice, a new voice. The projects are all shared projects that we constantly exchange among ourselves,” she says in an train of self-awareness. with a exact family tree. “I remember filming a short film by Leticia Dolera for Aldeas Infantiles. She insisted that all the team leaders be women (bosses, therefore) and things changed radically. Suddenly, you realize that testosterone, an excess of it, works against and you understand that this highly hierarchical way of doing things that had been sold to us as the only possible one is false,” he feedback.

Zamora began in cinema by chance, by the accidents of ardour. His first vocation (or non-vocation) was finance. And, so as to not trigger bother to the household, he did, in reality, examine Economics. “Perhaps the first germ of my career as a producer was gone. Using what I already knew was my true interest. I went to the shoots to do whatever was needed, as a scriptwriter, as a wardrobe assistant, whatever… My Obsession is, above all, the entire creative process from its beginning to the end. “What I'm actually captivated with is seeing concepts and issues develop.”he comments without his enthusiasm fading one bit.

And so on until she finally signed, as the producer she already was, 'Those kept without dreams'by Martín De Salvo and Vera Fogwill, in 2005. And so on until winning the Biznaga de Oro in Malaga with 'The vergence', by David Planell, in 2009. And so on until making possible the works of Elas Len Siminiani ('Map‘ y ‘Notes for a heist movie'), Beatriz Sanchs ('They are all dead'), Nely Reguera ('Maria and the others), Carlos Marques-Marcet ('The days to come'), Clara Roquet ('Freedom'), lvaro Gago ('Matria'), Nuria Gimnez Lorang (‘My mexican bretzel’) o Elena Martin ('Creature'). And Carla Simón's Golden Bear. And the Golden Cocha of Jaione Camborda. All the names, seen from above, compose in their own way the map of a new way of seeing, of watching and of cinema; an essentially different map.

Nor should we forget her work as a distributor. In 2021 she created together with Enrique Costa Elstica Films. His first bet was Annetteby Leos Carax and in 2022 they released a dozen films, including Drive my carby Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Oscar for Best International Film 2022), The worst person in the worldby Joachim Trier, Bergman Islandde Mia Hansen Love o Pacifiction by Albert Serra.

“A variety of progress has been made and the emergence of girls in cinema is already a reality. But there may be nonetheless a protracted technique to go. I’ve lengthy been conscious of the proof of inequality and the necessity to intervene to right it. I firmly consider in insurance policies to right discrimination. I don't thoughts calling them optimistic discrimination, though I don't prefer it, as a result of discrimination is in actuality, not in insurance policies,” he says.

María Zamora, like Elas Querejeta, Luis Megino or Alfredo Matas some time ago, is now the producer. And it is the most creative sense of the term. And it is because it is the most recognizable voice and the most visible face of a new generation, of a new time, of a new way of looking. “What it’s a must to perceive is that this can’t be a solo profession. This is teamwork and with out hierarchies. Producing a movie can’t develop into a leap into the void or the trouble of a single particular person. You need to search for allies and generate curiosity from the start. You need to make the festivals really feel ultimately the necessity to see what you do,” he says. And we consider it.