The 23rd annual Goya Awards (Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars) ceremony took place in Madrid last night. This year, there was little in the way of genre fare among the titles competing for the Spanish film industry’s top accolade, but one of the greats of international exploitation cinema was honored with a Lifetime Achievemant Award: None other than “el tío Jess,” a.k.a. Jesus Franco.
The 72-year-old director/producer/ screenwriter/actor/musician (pictured), obviously not in the best of health, came on stage in a wheelchair pushed by his longtime companion, the Catalonian star of innumerable Franco films, Lina Romay. A montage of clips from Franco’s four-decade career was projected to the massed ranks of Spanish showbiz elite—many of whom obviously had no idea who Franco was and appeared frankly bemused by