Spanish film vet exec Romero ankles post

Steps down after 22 years at ICAA institute

MADRID — One of the best-known faces in the Spanish film industry, Carmelo Romero, is stepping down after 22 years at the ICAA Spanish film institute, the main governmental subsidy and promotional body for the industry in Spain.

For nearly all of that time, as an effective No. 2 to various ICAA director generals, Romero oversaw the promotion of Spanish films abroad.

He was responsible for pioneering exhaustive international retrospectives of Spanish films and filmmaking figures in the 1980s and later more commercially driven initiatives.

As such, Romero became an institution at an institution. In 1998 he was awarded the Berlin Film Festival’s Gold Camera for his contribution to Spanish cinema.

Romero decided to ankle his post as ICAA deputy film director in May. His resignation was not affected by appointment of a new Minister of Culture, Pilar del Castillo, he said.

Romero is likely to remain in the film and culture business.

“First I’ll have several months’ rest. Then I’ll consider what work will prove personally most gratifying, but now in the private sector,” Romero told Daily Variety.

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