‘20,000 species of bees’ and ‘The Messiah’ triumph at the Forqué Awards

 ‘20,000 species of bees’, by Estíbaliz Urresola and the series ‘La Mesías’ by Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi have been the winners of the 29th edition of the Forqué Awards, presented this Saturday at a gala at the that some winners called for the war in Gaza to end.

Urresola’s film about trans childhood has won the award for best fiction feature film and the award for Cinema and Education in Values, while the ‘Javis’ series, which addresses childhood trauma and fanaticism, has won the for best fiction series and those for best series performers for Roger Casamajor and Lola Dueñas.

The filmmakers Javier Ambrossi (i) and Javier Calvo with the award for ‘Best series’ for their work ‘La Mesias’ at the Forqué 2023 Awards gala held in Madrid. EFE/Aitor Martín.

In cinema, Malena Alterio has been crowned best actor for her role as a taxi driver in ‘Que Nadie Duerma’, by Antonio Méndez Esparza, and David Verdaguer for playing the comedian Eugenio in ‘Saben That’, directed by David Trueba.

The war in Gaza

The Forqué gala, awarded by the audiovisual producers of EGEDA, brought together at the IFEMA Madrid Municipal Palace the protagonists of the main films and series of the year, who have not been able to close their eyes to the reality of the war in Gaza.

Directors such as Urresola and Javier Fesser and actors such as Manolo Solo, David Verdaguer and Álvaro Cervantes wore badges with a drawing of a watermelon on their lapels, which has become a symbol of resistance of the Palestinian people and asked, on stage, to stop the war.

Malena Alterio was the first to do so, pointing out that the values ​​in which she was educated prevented her from not speaking out. Also Urresola: “From the bottom of my heart, let’s do something to stop this massacre of life that is happening in Gaza,” she said.

And Javier Fesser, who claimed “cinema as a weapon of mass construction” and considered “unbearable that there are people who have nothing to celebrate” because of the war.

The presenters of the Forqué 2023 Awards gala, Pablo Chiapella and Macarena Gómez. EFE/Aitor Martin

Another of the most emotional moments was dedicated to the memory of the recently deceased Concha Velasco, with the singer Ana Guerra singing in her memory the classic ‘Una chica yeyé’ and the presenters, Macarena Gomez and Pablo Chiapella, also paid tribute to Itziar Castro, who died suddenly last week, aged 46.

Light for the Cañada Real

Pablo Berger’s ‘Robot Dreams’ won the award for best animated feature film with its tender story of friendship between a dog and a robot, and best documentary went to ‘Juan Mariné, A Century of Cinema’, dedicated to the historic director of photography that will precisely collect the Goya de Honor 2024 next February.

The award for best Latin American film went to another documentary, ‘The Infinite Memory’, in which the Chilean Maite Alberdi reconstructs at the same time a great love story, between the journalist Augusto Góngora and the actress and former minister Paulina Urrutia and the past of a country marked by dictatorship.

Guillermo García brought the spotlight to the Cañada Real in Madrid, the largest irregular settlement in Europe, where they have lived without electricity for more than three years, by winning the award for best short film for ‘Although it is at night’, a story of friendship filmed in that town.

Accompanied by his two young actors, residents of La Cañada, García asked for “reflection and action” around a reality that “is fifteen minutes from here.”

Tribute to Lola Flores

And a new audience award supported by Cinesa went to the highest-grossing Spanish film of the year, ‘CampeoneX’, by Javier Fesser, seen by almost two million viewers (1.97).

Enrique Cerezo, president of EGEDA, the rights management entity that organizes these awards, presented the Gold Medal to Eduardo Campoy, producer of films such as “The Girl of Your Eyes”, “The Dog in the Manger” or “The Teta and Moon”.

The gala, broadcast by RTVE, also featured another musical number by Ana Mena who paid tribute to Lola Flores, on the 30th anniversary of her death, covering the songs ‘A tu ver’ and ‘Limosna de amores’.

Fran Perea also looked back to recover his hit ‘One plus one are seven’, while Taburete showed their most emotional side with ‘Roto y elegant’ and Vicco made the audience dance to the rhythm of one of the songs of the year , ‘Nochentera’.

By Nadeem Faisal Baiga