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Spanish Film Academy president Enrique Gonzalez Macho announced on Thursday that he was resigning from the organization for “strictly personal reasons.” Vice president Antonio Resines will step in as interim president until a new president is elected.
The much-respected Macho, originally elected in 2011 and reelected to his second term in May 2014, is set to address the media on Friday. But in an interview with the Spanish daily El Pais, he said his work for the academy interfered with his work for his own company, Alta Films — one of Spain’s premiere art house distributors and exhibitors.
“It’s a decision I’ve been mulling over for a long time,” Macho told El Pais. “The work as president is incompatible with my own professional life and my personal life. I’m leaving because the Academy is in a good place. Otherwise, I wouldn’t.”
The Spanish film industry is celebrating record box office revenues and domestic market share for 2014. Macho’s remaining battle cry is against the 21 percent sales tax imposed on movie admissions under the current legislation.
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