Few figures in the Spanish film industry dress as formerly, or as well, as Malaga Intl. Film Festival director Juan Antonio Vigar
. But then he takes his job very seriously indeed. While many other Spanish festival directors have more or less maintained the formats of their events, Vigar has innovated constantly since taking over in 2013. The result is a bouquet of industry initiatives which only San Sebastian can equal in Spain, and which channel the key pivots in Spanish-language production at large: The gathering sense of one common production market in Spain and Latin America; the two-way street with drama series production; the primacy of talent.
Variety talked to Vigar in the run-up to its 2020 Spanish Screenings:
The key direction in which you’ve taken Malaga is “apertura,” an opening up, whether in its geographical ambit or types of titles….
Cultural initiatives must be reset from time to time, to allow them to breathe,