With its Luna de Valencia Award, Cinema Jove wants to highlight a figure who usually stay in the cinematographic industry’s shadow, the producer. In this essential role, the awarded is the responsible of some important actors’ career of Spanish audiovisual : Fernando Bovaira (Castellón, 1963).
The producer from Vall d’Uixó is one of the most important since that in the nineties he decided to support movies as Abre los ojos (1997),of his admired Alejandro Amenábar (who he lead to award an Oscar in 2004 with Mar adentro), and Lovers of the Arctic Circile (1998), of Julio Medem, which was one the first director’s success.
“Bovaira is a tireless worker, with a modest mind, who has supported an entire new wave of cinematographers. Movies that are now part of our imaginary could not been possible without this producer who has discovered authors when they wre youngs” underlines Cinema Jove’s director, Carlos Madrid.
Fernando Bovaira’s career as producer is characterized by a fine smell and an insatiable curiosity that led him to constant search of new narrative forms and to support them. Thus, he could succeed with Intacto (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 2001), first feature of the canarian after his nomination at the Oscar with a short-movie; Caníbal (Manuel Martín Cuenca, 2013), which was the Círculos de Escritores Cinematográficos Award’s reason for the director for the best script; or La cordillera (Santiago Mitre, 2017), played by Ricardo Darín and selected in Un Certain Regard section at the Festival de Cannes.
After his period as general director of contents of Sogecable, he founded MOD Producciones in 2007, which premiered with the production of Ágora (2009) by Amenábar, presented at the Festival de Cannes and the highest grossing film in Spain that year. Since then, he has been behind titles such as Biutiful (2010), of Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Best Actor Award in Cannes for Javier Bardem and Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film), and Crematorio series for Canal +, which was awarded the 2011 Ondas Award for Best Series of the Year and is inspired by the homonymous work of the Valencian writer Rafael Chirbes.
The Castellón producer is one of the responsible, therefore, that Spanish cinema has crossed borders in the last two decades, with the remake of titles, the presence in international festivals and the nomination and recognition of the cast of his films.
Between his next projects, the jump to the direction of Roberto Bueso’s feature, Tornar a casa, and a new creative tandem with international aspiration next to Amenábar, Mientras dura la guerra, film that follows the intellectual and ethical journey of the writer Miguel de Unamuno in the first months of the Civil War, and starring Karra Elejalde, Eduard Fernández and Nathalie Poza. As it characterizes him, Bovaira returns to aspire to internationalization and support to emerging filmmakers.