Spain pain over protests

Producers' org prez calls acts 'absolutely shameless'

MADRID — A row is brewing in Spain over the antiwar protests by presenters and winners at Saturday’s Goya Awards.

Eduardo Campoy, prexy of Spanish producers’ lobby Fapae, on Monday demanded the resignation of Academy of Arts & Film Sciences prexy Marisa Paredes.

Campoy dubbed the protests “absolutely shameless” and declared the Goyas a “denigrating political act orchestrated” by Spain’s socialist opposition. He went on to suggest Paredes should step down.

Penelope Cruz, Alejandro Amenabar and best actor winner Javier Bardem were among the many who sported “No War” badges and called for the U.S. to back off from conflict with Iraq.

“The government should listen to the people,” Bardem told the audience in his acceptance speech. “We’re a majority, and we say no to war.”

Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar’s ruling Popular Party supports the U.S.’ foreign policy toward Iraq; Campoy is his close friend and supporter. Recent surveys, however, show 82% of Spaniards oppose the war.

Most local producers do not share Campoy’s political views, preferring to back academy members’ right to free speech.

But they could share his concern for fallout from the ceremony as they campaign for more government financing for film production.

Fernando Leon’s “Mondays in the Sun” swept the awards, winning five Goyas.

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