José Sacristán will receive the Goya of Honor 2022 for “representing us in a unique way in so many unforgettable titles that are part of our intimate memory,” as announced by the Film Academy in a statement.
For the Board of Directors of the Academy, Sacristán (Chinchón, Madrid, 1937) is “a model of dedication, passion, ethics and professionalism for all young filmmakers”. Sacristán, who was awarded the 2021 National Film Award, has spent more than sixty years “playing responsibly” in film, theater and television.
“My career has been the joy of the child who has seen his purpose fulfilled, that of making people believe that he was the student, the town crier, the recruit, the emigrant, the lawyer, the doctor … and that people believed it And the luck that throughout this journey my best friends and the people dearest to me, apart from my family, are in the profession. What more can I ask for! “, Said the actor when he heard the news.
The face and voice of Spanish cinema for six decades
He will receive the Goya of Honor on February 12 in Valencia, where the gala of the 36th edition of the awards will be held, “for being the face and voice of Spanish cinema of the last six decades” and “for having known how to advance from the reflection on the screen that has given us back some of the great changes that we have experienced in our cinema and in our society “.
Sacristán, who was one of the founders of the Film Academy 36 years ago, has assured that the first thing he thought when he was informed of the award was “at the meeting that in 1985 Mr. Matas (producer Alfredo Matas) and what came out of there and everything that had to be worked on afterwards. I remembered the beginnings, my times as vice president, the struggle … I am very proud of where the Academy is now “.
The protagonist of mythical titles in the history of Spanish cinema such as Beehive (1982) or The heifer (1985) has been “very excited” for the Goya de Honor.
“The harvest is being good. The years go by and it makes me very happy because something informs that the path was not so wrong,” said the actor, who assures that he already has “more or less” planned the speech he will deliver in Valencia. “I will take a look at the place and the people where I come from,” said Sacristán, who will receive the Goya in an edition to be held in Valencia at the end of the Berlanga Year, one of the key directors in his career.
At 84 years old, the actor remains very active in film, theater and television. His most recent works include series such as “Alta mar” or “Velvet” and films with directors such as Carlos Vermut, Isaki Lacuesta or Javier Rebollo. And in theater, he has been since 2018 with Lady in red on gray background from Delibes, and now prepare The son of the comic, a tribute to his great friend Fernando Fernán Gómez.
From the workshop to the tables
In the beginning, he combined his job as a mechanic in a workshop with the scene, in which he made his debut thanks to the director José Luis Alonso as a meritorious one at the Madrid Infanta Isabel Theater.
In 1960 he joined the company Teatro Popular Español, in the cinema he landed with the popular The family and one more (1965), by Fernando Palacios and in the seventies he participated in some of the most representative comedies of the time (The art of getting married, Sr. Citroen or How is the service, among other).
At the same time he was revealed as an excellent dramatic actor with groundbreaking titles such as A man named Autumn Flower (1978), by Pedro Olea; Deputy (1978), by Eloy de la Iglesia, and the most representative film of the contradictions, frustrations and desires of the average Spaniard at that time, Pending subject (1977), by José Luis Garci.
He has worked with the vast majority of the great Spanish filmmakers: Luis García Berlanga (The heifer, 1985, All to jail, 1993), Mario Camus (Beehive, 1982) or Pilar Miró (The bird of happiness, 1993) to Javier Rebollo (The dead and be happy, 2012), Carlos Vermut (Magical Girl, 2014) or Kike Maíllo (bull, 2016).
He developed a part of his professional career in Argentina, where he became popular in 1978 with Alone in the early morning. And he shot two of his most acclaimed films with Adolfo Aristarain: A place in the world (1992) and Martin (Hache) (1997).
In addition to his acting career, he has directed Lead soldiers (1983), Chard face (1987), where he was also responsible for the script with Carlos Pérez Merinero and I’ll get off the next one, and you? (1992), adaptation of the play by Adolfo Marsillach that he had also starred in.
Throughout his career he has received numerous awards, including two Silver Shells from the San Sebastian Festival, a Goya (for The dead and be happy, 2012) and the Feroz de Honor, in addition to the National Film Award, which he received last September in the framework of the San Sebastian Festival.
“I would be miserable if I complained because I have never missed work. Sometimes, what I earned was not enough to cover my obligations, but that was my problem. I have worked it out, but there is a factor of luck that has accompanied me. I admit and I appreciate the privilege, it does not escape me, “said the actor.