Gonzalez Macho elected new head of Spanish film academy

10th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Distributor, producer and exhibitor Enrique Gonzalez Macho, a champion of Spanish and European cinema, was elected Sunday the new head of the Spanish Film Academy.

The 63-year-old captured 256 votes compared to the 101 cast for his only rival for the post, director Bigas Luna, 65, who is responsible for films such as "Jamon, Jamon" and "My Name is Juani". There were 19 blank ballots.

"I am not here to break with anything, but to build and ensure that the Academy continues to grow," he said after the results of the vote were announced.

Gonzalez Macho is the president of AltaFilms, a Spanish distributor which focuses on national and European movies, and the owner of the Renoir chain of movie theatres.

He replaces Spanish film director Alex de la Iglesia, 45, who resigned at the end of January in protest against a new law against Internet downloads he feels does not go far enough.

De la Iglesia, whose movies include the English-language whodunit "The Oxford Murders" had been in charge of the Spanish Film Academy since 2009.

Gonzalez Macho is 13th president of the Academy since it was set up in 1986.

© 2011 AFP

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