The Galician Cinema Award, granted by FICBUEU, was created in 2016 to recognise the achievements of professionals in the Galician audiovisual industry. After the prize is awarded, there is an interview with the winner, through which the audience can learn more about their career and filmography.
GALICIAN CINEMA AWARD FICBUEU 2022: LUISA MERELAS
Actress in theatre, film, television and voice acting.
Born in Coruña in 1958, Luisa Merelas graduated in Dramatic Arts, specialising in Acting, at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. Complementing her studies with several acting and voice courses, she began working in the 1970s as a theatre actress, later extending her career to film and television and as a dubbing actress in Galician and Spanish.
Between 1970 and 2000 she participated in more than thirty theatrical productions with different companies. In recent years, she has played supporting and leading roles in plays such as Bernarda, by Jose Prieto with Malasombra Producións, which earned her a nomination for the Mestre Mateo Awards; Longa viaxe cara á noite directed by Manuel Guede or A función do tequila, by Antonio Simón. For her work on stage she was awarded the Maruxa Villanueva prize in 2007 and two María Casares prizes, one in 2007 for best leading actress and another in 2013 as supporting actress.
She is known for her roles in TVG series, collaborating in the well-known series A familia pita, Pratos combinados or Mareas Vivas, especially her role as Carme Torreiro in Matalobos, for which she was nominated for the Mestre Mateo Awards on three occasions. Continuing in television, she played Amalia in Fariña, Dona Amparo in Néboa and Fina in O Faro.
She has also appeared on the big screen, as part of the cast of several feature films since 1993 in productions such as Fernando León de Aranoa’s Los lunes al sol, Nely Reguera’s María (y los demás) and Paco Plaza’s Quien a hierro mata. Recently, stands out her performances in Juanjo Giménez’s Tres, Dani De la Torre’s Live is life and in Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s As bestas. .
In this edition, we are awarding her the Galician Cinema Award for her important career in television, theatre and cinema, and for her commitment to Galician productions and culture. Luisa Merelas will receive the award during the awards gala, and will be interviewed in depth about her film career in a event that can be seen on the FICBUEU Channel.
GALICIAN CINEMA AWARD FICBUEU 2022: MIGUEL DE LIRA
Actor with extensive experience and a distinguished career in theater, film and television.
During his university studies, he came into contact with the theater world and ended up being a founding member of the group Chévere, which won the National Theater Award in 2014, in which he has been working as a director, actor and producer since 1986.
He became a popular TVG icon for roles such as Evaristo in the series Mareas Vivas and was the protagonist in the series Pepe O’Inglés, later participating in national series such as Los hombres de Paco, Matadero or Vivir sin permiso.
In the field of cinema, he has participated in a large number of short films and more than twenty feature films, including recently Cuñados by Toño López, Ons by Alfonso Zarazuza, Dhogs by Andrés Goteira, María (y los demás) by Nely Reguera, A esmorga by Ignacio Vilar and Eroski Paraíso, an adaptation of the play of the same name by Chévere directed by Jorge Coira and Xesús Ron for which he received the Mestre Mateo Award for Best Leading Actor in 2020.
In this edition we awarded him the FICBUEU Galician Film Prize 2022 for his prolific acting career, his outstanding dedication and commitment to Galician culture and society. Journalist and producer Gaspar Broullón conducted an in-depth interview that is available online to the public on the FICBUEU Channel.
GALICIAN CINEMA AWARD FICBUEU 2021: ALFONSO AGRA
Alfonso Agra began his career as an actor in the 80s with theater company Artello, in Vigo. For two decades, he worked with this company and participated in several shows at the Galician Drama Centre.
Later, the creation of the public broadcaster Televisión de Galicia allowed Agra to diversify his work. Apart from presenting the news and working as a voice-over actor in different works and projects, he played multiple roles in films and series, and is still remembered for his work in Pratos combinados and Mareas vivas.
More recently, he has acted in Galician series with international aspirations, which has allowed him to consolidate his career. Two highlights are Cocaine Coast, in which he played drug dealer Manuel Bustelo, and The Mess You Left Behind, a Netflix original series set in a fictional Galician town.
GALICIAN CINEMA AWARD FICBUEU 2020: MELANIA CRUZ
Melania Cruz fell in love with theatre when she was a child, and first started acting with Marga Portomeñe. After years of acting and training, in 2012 she decided to co-found ilMaquinario Teatro, a company with which she received several awards. In 2016, she undertook a personal project with director and actor Tito Asorey: the theatre company A Quinta do Cuadrante, with which they premiered O Empapelado Amarelo.
For television, he was a cast member in series like Emergency Zero, Serramoura, Fontealba, Viradeira and A estiba, and was the host of the TVG show Álbum de Viaxe.
Regarding his experience in cinema, he has participated in projects such as A esmorga, directed by Ignacio Vilar, with whom he also worked in Sicixia and María Solinha, as well as in some the most outstanding Galician audiovisual films of recent times, such as Dhogs, Arima, Trot or Ons, which have won multiple national and international awards.
GALICIAN CINEMA AWARD FICBUEU 2019: LUIS ZAHERA
After his charismatic portrayal of Petróleo in the TVG series Mares Vivas from 1998 to 2003, Luis Zahera began to work in national productions like Hospital Central or El Comisario.
Zahera has worked in everything from television series to theatrical productions, as well as in several short and feature films. He won several Mestre Mateo Awards for his performances in films like The Year of the Tick, The Contestant or Cell 211.
He gained wider recognition after working in films like Alatriste, May God Forgive Us or While at War, and even received the Goya Award for Best Actor in 2019 for his role in The Realm.
GALICIAN CINEMA AWARD FICBUEU 2018: MABEL RIVERA
Mabel Rivera started her acting career in the 70s. When the Galician Drama Centre was founded in 1984, Rivera was one of the first actresses to become a member. She has worked both in both film and in television, and became a recognisable face for her role as Balbina in Pratos combinados and other popular television series like Pazo de familia. She has also worked as a television host, a translator, an assistant director and a voice-over actress.
Rivera gained national recognition as an actress for her role in Alejandro Amenábar’s The Sea Inside, for which she received several awards, including the Goya to Best Supporting Actress in 2004. She also had roles in The Orphanage, by Juan Antonio Bayona; Mataharis, by Icíar Bollaín; and the more recent María Solinha, by Ignacio Vilar.
Her filmography also includes short films, such as Dantzariak, by Axier Salazar; Ato San Nen, by Pedro Collantes; The Boss, by Fernando Tato and Ozo Perozo; and Muero por volver, by Javier Marco.
GALICIAN CINEMA AWARD FICBUEU 2017: ANTONIO DURÁN “MORRIS”
Antonio Durán “Morris” is one of the most well-known actors in the Galician audiovisual industry, and he has a long career both on the stages and in front of the camera.
After working as an actor and hosting several TVG shows since the beginning of his career, he gained popularity for playing Antón in Pratos combinados. Later, he worked in series like Padre Casares, Hospital Real, Augasquentes or O final do camiño.
In cinema, he has worked with directors like Fernando León de Aranoa, in Mondays in the Sun and Princesas; with Icíar Bollaín, in Mataharis; with Ignacio Vilar, in A esmorga; and with Alfonso Zarauza, in Os fenómenos and Ons, among others.
Throughout his long career, he has been nominated to fifteen Mestre Mateo Awards, which he won for his performances in O partido, Doentes, A esmorga, Códice and Ons.
Other noteworthy projects he participated in are Skins, by Eduardo Casanova, which premiered at the 2017 Berlinale; Dhogs, by Andrés Goteira; and A estación violenta, by Anxos Fazáns.
GALICIAN CINEMA AWARD FICBUEU 2016: CELSO BUGALLO
Celso Bugallo has a long acting career, and has worked in film, television and theatre. Born in Vilalonga (Sanxenxo) in 1947, he started acting in the 1970s, when he founded the companies Olimpo and Zanahoria.
After starting his career in the audiovisual industry in Madrid, he returned to Galicia and launched several theatrical productions from 1988 to 1992, and founded the drama school Aula de Formación de Actores de Pontevedra.
At the age of 52, he made his film debut with director José Luis Cuerda in Butterfly’s tongue. Since then, he has revealed himself as one of the most talented supporting actors in Spanish cinema, thanks to films such as Mondays in the Sun, Amador, Palm Trees in the Snow or A praia dos afogados.
After decades in the industry, he achieved great recognition thanks to his role in Alejandro Amenabar’s The Sea Inside, in which he played Ramon Sampedro’s brother, a role that one him a Goya Award.