10/21/2017. Cinema has returned to flood the streets of Valladolid and the green carpet that distinguishes the inaugural gala of the Seminci has been packed with directors, actors and other film authorities. The traditional red carpet, colored green this year due to a collaboration with the bank España Duero, was rolled out this Saturday, October 21, to begin the 62nd edition of the festival.
A few minutes after 6pm there was pleasant music in the air as countless celebrities began to walk to the Calderón Theatre. The mayor of Valladolid, Óscar Puente, accompanied by his wife, Laura Soria, were the first to walk the carpet. After them came the director of the Seminci, Javier Angulo, accompanied by the councilor of Culture, Ana Redondo.
The presenters of the festival, José Corbacho and Marta Nieto, were the next to arrive. Corbacho, looking sharp in a blue velvet suit, provided the initial touch of originality that characterizes the contest. The local fashion of Valladolid was once again the protagonist of the catwalk. Marta Nieto, always a muse of elegance, wore a dress by Ernesto Terrón and jewelry by Kiko Conteras.
Then came jurors and other stars of auteur cinema like Julio Perrillán and Pedro Aguilera, both dressed in Gaona; Cristina Abad, wearing a dark green dress with touches of gold by Elena Milhöm, Monica Kowalska, who sported a number by Ainhoa Salcedo, and Irene Anula, dressed in Sandra Postigo.
The stars of this year’s edition of the festival couldn’t miss this appointment with the cinema. The first to dazzle the capital of Valladolid was Paz Vega, the successful Spanish actress who will be the maid of honor of this International Film Week. The prestigious actress Marisa Paredes, who will receive the Spike of Honor this year, also dazzled before the public.
Along with her entered the Salamancan filmmaker José Luis García Sánchez, another recipient of the award, which was presented to him in recognition of a career spanning five decades. Arturo Ripstein, another of the winners of the highest distinction of this festival, walked the green carpet before taking the stage of the Calderón Theatre.
To conclude, the finishing touch was The Bookshop, by Isabel Coixet, which had its worldwide premiere during the inauguration gala of the 62nd Seminci. First to arrive were the producers of this feature film, which is competing for the Golden Spike award in Official Selection.
Undoubtedly, the director, Coixet, and internationally acclaimed actor, Bill Nighy, grabbed all eyes. Smiles, pleasant glances and a closeness to the public are some of the qualities which characterize these two big names in cinema and which allowed the end of this “red” carpet to come to a very special close.