Filmmaker Antonio Giménez-Rico, Honorary Spike at 63rd Seminci

Antonio Giménez-Rico, at Seminci in 1997

10/05/2018.- Antonio Giménez-Rico (Burgos, 1938) will be the recipient of one of the Festival’s Honorary Golden Spikes in recognition of his 50-year career in film: one that began with his long feature debut  El hueso (1968). Giménez  has been closely involved with the Valladolid Festival, where he won the 31st edition’s Silver Spike for his film El disputado voto del Sr. Cayo (1986) and opened the 42th Seminci with The Rats (both films are screen adaptations of novels by Miguel Delibes).

Giménez-Rico will receive his Honorary Spike on 22 October in the setting of a special gala dedicated to Castile and Leon’s cinema and featuring the screening of Jarrapellejos (1988): a film that turns 30 this year and harvested a Goya award for the best adapted screenplay in 1989. The tribute to Giménez-Rico will be joined by a broad representation of the movie’s cast.

Born in Burgos, screenwriter and director Antonio Giménez-Rico studied Law at the University of Valladolid, a city where he also learned music and piano before training as a journalist in Madrid. After a stint as a film critic for the print media and the radio, he began his film career in 1963 as an assistant director for  Vittorio Cottafavi, Eugenio Martín, Antonio Mercero and Javier Setó, before shooting his first feature as a screenwriter and director in 1968: El hueso.

His filmography as writer/director includes titles like Family Portrait (1976), based on Miguel Delibes’ Mi idolatrado hijo SisíDressed in Blue (1983); El disputado voto del Sr. Cayo (1986), another adaptation of a novel by Delibes and the Silver Spike in the 31st Seminci; Jarrapellejos (1987), adapted from the novel by Felipe Trigo in collaboration with  Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón and highly acclaimed at the Berlinale; and Little Spanish Soldier (1988), whose story and script he co-wrote with  Rafael Azcona.

During the 1990s he directed  Fourteen Stations (1991), a film that screened at the Official Section of the 36th edition of Seminci and whose story and screenplay he authored in collaboration with  Antonio Larreta. This was followed by another collaboration with Larreta —Tres palabras (1993)—; Sombras y luces (Cien años de cine español) (1996) —a documentary feature commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of Spanish cinema—; and The Rats (1997), a screen adaptation of Delibes’ novel with the same title that kick-started the 42nd edition of the Valladolid Film Festival.

Already in the current century, Giménez-Rico directed  First and Last Love (2001), based on a novel by Torcuato Luca de Tena; Hotel Danubio (2003), selected by Spain’s Film Academy to represent our country in the Oscar race; the documentaries Castilla y León, patrimonio de la humanidad (2005), El son del agua (Cerca del Duero) (2006), and Espacios entre muros (2007), a film about  the building of SGAE’s headquarters in  Santiago de Compostela; and the fiction feature El libro de las aguas (2008), adapted from the homonymous novel by Alejandro López Andrada.

For Spain’s public broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) he directed the series Plinio, which he co-wrote with José Luis Garci on the basis of short stories by Francisco García Pavón; Rasgos, featuring Mónica Rándall in the lead role; Página de sucesos and Pájaro en una tormenta, together with several episodes in the series La noche de los tiemposLos ríosLos librosCuentos y leyendasand La máscara negra. His filmography also includes De la andadura de Vela Zanetti, a documentary on the work and personality of the Castilian muralist;  the  tv movies Balada del pequeño soñador and Viaje a la Alcarria, and over sixty episodes in the seriesCrónicas de un pueblo.

He was founder and president of Spain’s Society of Film Directors (ADIRCE) between  1977 and 1983. In 1988 he was elected president of Spain’s Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, a position he held until  1992. He also founded Madrid’s Film School (ECAM) and chaired its Governing Board, as well as being guest lecturer in Film Analysis.

Among other distinctions, in 1989 he was presented with a Goya award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Jarrapellejos). In 1996 he received the Castile and Leon award in the Arts category. The University of Burgos’ School of Humanities has given his name to a permanent Chair of Film Studies. Additionally, his films have been selected, recognised and awarded at international festivals like  Bratislava, San Sebastian, Valladolid, Berlin and Montreal.

Castilla y León en Largo – Castilla y León en Corto

As a result of the collaboration between the regional government’s Ministry of Culture (Consejería de Cultura, Junta de Castilla y León) and the Valladolid International Film Festival, the latter’s 63rd edition  will be screening eight titles –two features and six shorts- that have a special connection with Castile and Leon. Both fest sections are furthermore sponsored by the regional daily El Norte de Castilla.

‘Castilla y León en Largo’ will show Black Is Black, a documentary directed by Fran Parra and Álex Riesgo about the rise and fall of Los Bravos, Spain’s legendary beat music band from the late 1960s, and Onyx, Kings of the Grail,  Roberto Girault’s fiction feature about the quest for the chalice used at the Last Supper starring Jim Caviezel and Maria de Medeiros.

Six fiction pieces, on the other hand, will make up the section ‘Castilla y León en corto’: Accident de personne, by Álvaro Martín; Ángel caído, by Fran Parra; Big Data, by Javier San Román; La herencia, by Felipe Arnuncio; Montesco, by Miguel Pertejo and Jacobo Valdés, and El origen, by José A. Campos. This is a competitive section with its own jury formed by three professionals from the audiovisual sector.

Additionally, and for the sixth consecutive year, a special screening will be scheduled in order to present the short films shortlisted this year by the Quercus project –a total of five. This is an initiative by Castile and León’s Coordinating Office for Film Festivals (FECCYL) with the sponsorship of the region’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, whose main goal is to promote short films produced in Castile and Leon both nationally and internationally.

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