Paredes exits Spanish Acad

Thesp Sampietro takes over in prexy post

MADRID — Almodovar fave thesp Marisa Paredes (“High Heels,” “The Flower of My Secret,” “All About My Mother”) has ankled as president of Spain’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

She will be replaced by fellow Spanish actress Mercedes Sampietro, who takes up the post on an interim basis.

Paredes resigned Thursday alleging professional commitments that will take her out of Madrid.

That may not be the whole story, however.

This year’s Academy Goyas kudofast turned into an effective “no war” rally as presenters and audience members, sporting “No War” badges, called for peace with Iraq.

The ceremony marked the first notable sign of antiwar opposition, which saw millions of Spaniards take the streets two weeks later lambasting the Spanish government’s support for an invasion.

Paredes and her team have managed to wrestle a commitment from government-friendly pubcaster Rtve to broadcast next year’s Goyas. It will be left to Sampietro and her elected successor to try to tie down a longer term broadcasting contract in Spain.

A new broom, with slightly less of a record as a social and cultural activist than Paredes, may add some vroom to talks.

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