Today, Friday, sees the opening of the annual Malaga Film Festival, a week-long celebration of the best Spanish and Latin American cinema produced in the last year. Event organisers have battled this week's wind and rain to prepare the Cervantes and Echegaray theatres and the Albéniz cinema for the bevy of famous faces that will walk the red carpet over the coming days. One of which, will be Malaga-born Antonio Banderas, who will receive a long-awaited honorary golden biznaga which recognises his lasting career and his feat in paving the way for other Spanish actors to crack Hollywood.
The festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, promises numerous film premieres, concerts, galas and award ceremonies. Along with Antonio Banderas, throughout the week, film fans can also look forward to appearances from many other prominent Hispanic actors and filmmakers, all hoping for their work to be rewarded with the distinctive flower-shaped trophy.
Tonight's inauguration ceremony, commencing at 8pm at the Teatro Cervantes, will exhibit some of Andalucía's finest talent. The show will be co-presented by Malaga actor Fran Perea, and other artists such as choreographer Luz Arcas, dancers Alto Voltaje Crew and singer Roko, who are all from the region, will perform in the musical segment of the show.
Some of the musical acts will be introduced by Jorge Drexler, which is another cause of excitement for film and music enthusiasts, as the Uruguayan is a widely acclaimed singer-songwriter who won an Oscar in 2004 for his composition of 'Al Otro Lado del Río' in The Motorcycle Diaries.
Alongside the work of internationally-successful producers and actors, Malaga filmmakers will also present their productions. On Saturday, Maniac Tales, a horror produced by Kike Mesa will be shown at Teatro Cervantes; on Wednesday, Laborable, a short by Alejandro Marín, can be viewed at the Provincial Cultural Centre (CCP); and at the same venue on Thursday, Normal, a short by Chiqui Carabante will premiere.
When it comes to the prize for Best Film, an accolade that merits the golden biznaga instead of the silver one given for the majority of the awards, the panel have a difficult decision to make, as this year there are a total of 40 nominated films, 17 of which are Spanish and 23 Latin American. The closing award ceremony will take place next Sunday and will be hosted by yet another Malaga talent, singer Diana Navarro.