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Antonio Banderas awarded national film prize by Spanish government

Antonio Banderas.
Antonio Banderas. / FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ
  • The award recognises the Malaga actor's career, which opened a door in Hollywood for Spanish film

Antonio Banderas is to be awarded a top prize by the Spanish government. He will be recipient of this year’s national filmmaking prize, (Premio Nacional de Cinematografía), which the ministry for Culture says recognises Banderas’s “commitment” and career as an actor, which opened Hollywood up to Spanish cinema.

The Malaga-born actor received the news in Italy, where he was attending the Ischia Festival .

“Conscious only of the names of all those professionals who have received it before me, Iacept it with gratitude, humility and a sense of responsibility,” he commented.

Banderas will receive his award at the San Sebastian Film Festival in September.

He said that he wants to return to directing but beforehand will star in a ‘biopic’ about the founder of Lamborghini and his rivalry with Enzo Ferrari, played by Alec Baldwin.

“ The next step for me will be to get back behind the camera,” he explained.