Spain culture post goes to filmmaker

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The relationship between the Spanish film industry and the Socialist government looks to improve dramatically after the president of the Spanish Film Academy on Tuesday was named the country's new culture minister.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero replaced Cesar Antonio Molina with writer-director Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde in a government reshuffle.

Gonzalez-Sinde won a Goya Award for best original screenplay in 1998 for Ricardo Franco's "La Buena Estrella" and another for best new director for her 2003 directorial debut "Sleeping Luck."

Her appointment is the first time an industry insider has held the country's top culture post, and the local film industry celebrated Tuesday.

"FAPAE, in the name of all the Spanish audiovisual producers it represents, would like to publicly show its satisfaction with the appointment," the producers lobby said.

Gonzalez-Sinde is likely to first attack Spain's rampant piracy problem, a situation that pushes the country to the top ranks of worldwide piracy.

As president of the academy, Gonzalez-Sinde has regularly spoken out against piracy.
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