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Cecilia Suárez received the Cuervo Award during the 16th FICM

By: Marco Mejía @MiqkelMejia

The actress Cecilia Suárez received the Cuervo Traditional Award for Cinematographic Trajectory at the José Rubén Romero Theater from the hands of Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel, vice president of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), Daniela Michel, founder and director of FICM, and Andrés Lebrija, Public Relations Manager at Casa Cuervo.

Cuahutémoc Cárdenas Batel, Cecilia Suárez, Daniela Michel and Andrés Lebrija.

In this twelfth instalment of the award, Cecilia Suárez became the first woman to receive the Ojito sculpture, specially designed for the festival by the Michoacán artist Javier Marín, along with 120 thousand pesos in cash granted by the José Cuervo Foundation.

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Batel dedicated some emotional words to the honoree, acknowledging the commitment she has had with the festival since the beginning and her interpretive work in the role of Celia Sánchez, a guerrilla and collaborator of Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution, who she played in the film Fidel (2002, dir. David Attwood).

“Cecilia has helped us since the beginning of the festival and it is very complicated to talk about her without having prepared something, I would lie to you if I said that I discovered Cecilia’s work when she played Pili in an episode of Mi Pequeña Traviesa (1996), but I remember her for the first time as Andrea in Sexo, Pudor y Lágrimas (1999, dir. Antonio Serrano), but she caught my attention when I saw her as Celia Sánchez in Fidel “.

“I had the fortune of meeting Celia Sánchez in the last years of her life, she was a former fighter of the Cuban Revolution, and I, a curious teenager.  I have a memory of years and Cecilia does not know it, but I thought he had a lot of Celia since I met her, and not because she has played her, but because she has also chosen to raise her voice for women, is in solidarity with those who suffer injustice, and has done so with an elegant discretion and without needing reflectors”.

After listening to Cuauhtémoc, Cecilia Suárez shared a few words, and overwhelmed with the emotion of her recognition, she asked for more women to be awarded in all areas.

“It is very special to be the first woman to receive this award and I hope that in the future many actresses and collaborators will have the opportunity to be recognized more frequently, as they deserve it.”

Finally, Daniela Michel expressed her admiration for Casa Cuervo for being a sponsor to the festival since the first edition.