Banderas: Holy Week is anti-globalization festival

2nd April 2007, Comments 0 comments

2 April 2007, MALAGA - Film star Antonio Banderas returned to his birthplace in Malaga to participate in the Holy Week celebrations with his movie star wife Melanie Griffiths.

2 April 2007

MALAGA - Film star Antonio Banderas returned to his birthplace in Malaga to participate in the Holy Week celebrations with his movie star wife Melanie Griffiths.

He said that the religious tradition "is an anti-globalization festival in some way, which comes to us and we show ourselves a bit of who we are".

In an interview with Efe as he was preparing to participate as one of the stewards of the throne of the Virgin of Tears and Favors from his home parish, Banderas said that his wife and the rest of his family love the colorful yearly processions staged throughout the Catholic world this coming week.

Dressed in a robe with his face covered, he gave directions by banging a hammer on a bell instructing 180 other men to carry the throne through the streets of the city, a procession also participated in by Griffith and other relatives.

Banderas told Efe that he always liked to bring knowledge of things like this to people so that they might "get to know these types of beautiful, lovely traditions that have so many centuries of history, in this case."

That was why, this year, Banderas arranged to bring New York theater director David Leveaux - who directed him in the musical "Nine," which was his 2003 Broadway debut - with him to Malaga.

"It's a pleasure (to participate in this ceremony) because it's about the identity of a people, about personality," he said, adding that his daughter Estela del Carmen also was participating in the processions.

Alluding to his anti-globalization theme voiced earlier, Banderas said that Holy Week "has many lessons and (one's) feelings are moved in many ways."

He added that people can experience it in a purely religious way, but there are those who "understand spirituality perhaps (in a manner) a little bit separated from religion".

He also alluded to the anthropological aspects of the ceremonies and to "what this means independent of whether (people) are believers or not," emphasizing the traditional, cultural or artistic elements of Holy Week.

Banderas also said that while he is in Malaga, he wants to spend as much time as possible with his parents, who are elderly.

He added that this is "probably the last year" that he would help carry the throne "because my bones creak a lot underneath that throne ... (because) hope weighs a lot."

Banderas also said the film he recently directed - "El Camino de los Ingleses" - "has been sold (for distribution) practically all over Europe already" and will also be a great success "all over the Hispanic Americas."

"I didn't make a commercial film. I made a film that was more of a statement of principles and a way for me to shed 'The Mask of Zorro,'" he said, referring to the very popular earlier film in which he starred.

His current film, based on the novel by Antonio Soler, will debut in the United States "as Spanish films do" - at two theaters in New York, two in Chicago and in "more or less important cities. That will be its distribution," he said. EFE

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Subject: Spanish news

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