Filmmaker Antonio Giménez-Rico, former president of the Film Academy, dies

Antonio Giménez-Rico.
Ferran Montenegro

The filmmaker and former president of the Film Academy Antonio Gimenez-Rico He has died at the age of 82, as announced by the institution chaired by Mariano Barroso. Giménez-Rico signed films such as ‘Las ratas’, ‘Señor Cayo’s disputed vote’ or ‘Vestida de azul’.

The Burgos director, graduated in Law from the University of Valladolid (UVA), worked as a screenwriter and film director and he trained as a journalist in Madrid.

After a stage dedicated to film criticism, radio and journalism, In 1963 he began his professional activity in the cinema as an assistant director to Vittorio Cottafavi, Eugenio Martín, Antonio Mercero and Javier Setó, to shoot his first feature film as a screenwriter and director in 1968 ‘El Bone’.

Between his films, directed and written, highlight ‘Family portrait’ (1976); ‘Dressed in blue’ (1983); ‘The disputed vote of Mr. Cayo’ (1986); Jarrapellejos (1987), and ‘Little Spanish Soldier’ ​​(1988).

In the 90’s he directed ‘Catorce stations’ (1991), programmed in the Official Section of the 36th Seminci; ‘Three words’ (1993); ‘Shadows and lights’ (1996), documentary film commemorating the Centennial of Spanish Cinema, and ‘Las ratas’ (1997), inaugural film of the 42 Seminci.

His latest tapes were ‘First and only love’ (2001); ‘Hotel Danubio’ (2003), shortlisted by the Film Academy to represent Spain at the Oscars; the documentaries Castilla y León, World Heritage Site (2005), ‘El son del agua’ (Near the Duero) (2006); ‘Espacios entre muros’ (2007), and the feature film ‘El libro de las aguas’ (2008).

For Spanish Television (TVE) directed the series ‘Plinio’; ‘Traits’; ‘Event page’ and ‘Bird in a storm’, in addition to various episodes of the series ‘The night of time’, ‘The rivers’, ‘The books’, ‘Tales and legends’ and ‘The black mask’.

In addition, he was founder and president of the Assembly of Directors-Filmmakers of Spain (ADIRCE) between 1977 and 1983, and in 1988 he was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain, a position he held until 1992.

He also served as founder and president of the Governing Board of the School of Cinematography and Audiovisual of the Community of Madrid (ECAM) and as visiting professor of ‘Cinematographic Analysis’.

Among other distinctions, in 1989 he received the Goya award for the best screenplay adapted by ‘Jarrapellejos’, was awarded in 1996 with the Castilla y León Prize for the Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Burgos has given its name to a permanent chair of Cinema.

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