Thursday, December 2

Juan Antonio Vigar, director of the Malaga Film Festival


Juan Antonio Vigar.
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-What is your vision of current Spain? What future does our country have?

-Well, an initially somewhat gloomy vision, although, yes, hopeful. Today we live in a country that, having lost the north a little, curiously needs to find the south to reformulate itself under the sun of lucidity and the heat of illusion. We find ourselves in a politically tense Spain, with confrontational speeches with hardly any dialogue. A socially troubled country, with a high unemployment rate and a complex employment situation. Something that has dramatically accentuated the pandemic. And as a consequence, a disoriented country in a present full of contradictions. But despite all this, I also firmly believe in a different future for our country. The past is immovable, but also pedagogical, and we are a people with the capacity for learning and self-improvement, with a demonstrated solidarity and a strong will to achieve growth and development. We know that it is a mistake not to amend another mistake, and I am sure that the Spanish are aware that it would be a great success to amend the current mistakes.

-Three virtues that you appreciate in the Spanish.

-In my opinion, three are few. I recognize many virtues as a people. But, in short, I would tell you that, first of all, I value creativity, that mixture of ingenuity and talent that allows us to build a culture that is as exemplary as, on many occasions, not valued. Second, tenacity, the ability to improve ourselves, to continue with determination and enthusiasm without giving up on our goals. And thirdly, solidarity, that which drives us to social construction, justice and the meeting for progress.

-How could we make our country stronger?

-Undoubtedly through the exercise of the virtues that I have just indicated, those that will lead us to the best possible future together with work and dialogue. Today we live comfortably installed in the screaming of opinions and the gray of absolute truths. Strength will come after erasing all this as negative as it is superfluous to write what is essential, it will come from the conviction that the goal is the path itself and that, as José Luis Cuerda said, every day dawns, which is not little. And I would add that these days we don’t have a minute to spare to make every second the beginning of our change for the better.

-The cinema, culture in general, what role does it have in Spain? Is sufficiently appreciated or pampered

-Culture is the best way for the intellectual and emotional development of people and, therefore, for the construction of freer and more conscious societies. And hopefully, happier too. For these reasons, culture should be considered and respected anywhere and at all times. But Jardiel said well that “the vulgar thing is snoring, and the improbable thing, the dream. Humanity snores, but the artist is obliged to make it dream ”. And that’s what culture has always been for while our country snored freely for a long time. Spain has always loved its artists as the emotional support of our society, especially during confinement, but forgetting its sad working reality and its uncertain future. Culture in our country is transcendental for social construction, but it has never been considered an essential activity, it has not been cared for nor, of course, considered as strategic as other sectors. That has produced harm and frustration. I have already said that I trust in the future and in a future where culture is the first necessity and the last banished.


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