The Minister of Culture and Sports , Miquel Iceta, has delivered this Friday to the family of actor Fernando Fernán Gómez the Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X El Sabio that was granted to him in 2007 and which remained in the National Film Library, an act “of justice” with which the acts of its centenary begin.
The Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise was awarded posthumously to the actor , director and playwright Fernando Fernán Gómez in 2007 and delivered the following year by the then President of the Government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero , to his widow Emma Cohen , but the decoration has remained guarded these years in the National Film Library for “some reason”, its director, Josetxo Cerdán, explained this Friday.
Cerdán has indicated that they found the decoration in the archives of the institution when they were looking for material to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Fernando Fernán Gómez, which is tomorrow, August 28.
The actor’s son, Fernando Fernán Gómez, thanked the Ministry of Culture for “returning” this medal to the family and explained that this is how the acts of his father’s centenary begin , which comes after that of José Luis García Berlanga, has remembered.
“We are going to celebrate it as well as possible and give it all the honors it deserves,” said the playwright’s son.
The Minister of Culture and Sports has stressed in the act that it is a “return” and a “restitution” of the medal that was awarded to him and that they have taken the opportunity to open the centenary.
“We have to look for moments , although there will be them at the San Sebastián Festival and at the National Film Library , to remember a figure like Fernando Fernán Gómez”, Iceta has indicated.
The minister has considered that both García Berlanga and Fernando Fernán Gómez have been key both for Spanish cinema and “in the way we face the world , that look at times that are sometimes very complicated.”
“Both had a look that has helped us to reconcile ourselves with who we are , and to remember our history, not from nostalgia but from a desire to know , to be critical of ourselves, but also to self-esteem,” Iceta pointed out.
The Minister of Culture has highlighted those films “which were made at a time when aid to the cinema was much less” and has said that “probably, or perhaps because of that, creativity was overflowing.”
Iceta wanted to take advantage of this act “of justice, to give back something that belonged to the family” , to remember that tomorrow marks the centenary of the birth of Fernán Gómez, and has encouraged televisions and exhibitors to organize recognition events that serve to “recover the best of our cinema,” he said.