A case has broken out in Spanish cinema circles that has been ongoing for days: these are the accusations of rape made by three women, through an article in El País in which they remained anonymous, against the 43-year-old director Carlos Vermut (born Carlos López del Rey), winner of the 2014 Concha de Oro award at the San Sebastián Film Festival with one of his films, “Magic Girl”. Testimonies followed by cascading reactions from authorities and public figures in favor of the protection of women and their rights, in a story in which many recognize the echoes of what happened with the MeToo movement in the United States.
The violence allegedly occurred between 2014 and 2022
In a long investigative article, El País reconstructed the cases of the three women who decided to denounce Vermut’s behavior publicly – a film student, a former collaborator of the director and a worker in the cultural sector -, both with their statements sworn, and with interviews with over 30 people aware of what was reported or contextual information. All three victims accused the filmmaker of violent and unauthorized sexual acts to their detriment, in different circumstances that occurred between 2014 and 2022. Contacted by the newspaper, the director said he was not aware “of having ever committed sexual violence against any woman”, and added that she had “practiced violent sex” throughout her life always “in a consensual manner”.
Another director under accusation: the Armando Ravelo case
Following the sensation caused by this case, a second director, Armando Ravelo, also ended up at the center of accusations from a woman: the artist Koset Quintana in fact attributed to him behaviors of psychological abuse, such as having incited her to have sexual relations with him when she was only 14 and he was 32, as well as consuming drugs and porn. Speaking to Efe, the director acknowledged these facts, admitting that he “harmed many women” due to a sex addiction, which was later treated and overcome through therapy, while denying that he had ever committed sexual violence.