Tuesday, February 06, 2018

32nd Goya Award Winners

Last Saturday was the annual Goya awards gala and no, didn't watched live as was expecting what always happens, films I don't like win awards ... sigh.

Well, this year I was wrong as out-of-the-blue the big winner of the night became a film I haven't seen but definitively will love to watch as I see everything by Isabel Coixet, especially when the male lead belongs to an actor I highly enjoy his performances, Bill Nighy. By-the-way, The Bookshop will have its international premiere at the 2018 Berlinale as a Special Gala.

Yes, Isabel Coixet latest directorial master opus won top award and also two awards to Coixet for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay which undoubtedly was a surprise as no, film was not the big quantity winner as that title belongs to Handia (Giant) by Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño that collected ten (10) awards (most were tech awards).

One of the gala highlights was the several languages of Spanish cinema as The Bookshop is in English, Handia is in Basque, the winner of the Best New Director is in Catalan and then, others are in Spanish, so many award winners spoke those languages.  Not sure if this speaks well (or not) about Spanish Cinema, especially because lately the best Spanish films tend to be filmed in the English-language.  But then, most great contemporary films by outstanding Spanish directors are in Catalan and yes, have seen a few in Basque that definitively can be considered as great films.  Last, lately the not-so-good films are in Spanish-language, sigh.  Obviously there is one HUGE (humongous) exception, Almodovar.

The Winners

Best Film: The Bookshop, Isabel Coixet, Spain, UK and Germany
Best European Film: The Square, Ruben Östlund, Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark and USA)
Best Latin American FilmLa Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman), Sebastián Lelio, Chile, Spain, Germany and USA)

Best Director: Isabel Coixet for The Bookstore, Spain, UK and Germany
Best New Director: Carla Simon for Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993), Spain

Best Actress: Natalie Poza in No sé decir adiós (Can't Say Goodbye), Lino Escalera, Spain
Best Supporting Actress: Adelfa Calvo in El Autor (The Motive), Manuel Martin Cuenca, Spain and Mexico
Best New Actress: Bruna Cusi in Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993), Carla Simon, Spain

Best Actor: Javier Gutierrez in El Autor (The Motive), Manuel Martin Cuenca, Spain and Mexico
Best Supporting Actor: David Verdaguer in Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993)
Best New Actor: Eneko Sagardoy in Handia (Giant), Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi, Spain

Best Original Screenplay: Jon Garaño, José María Goenaga and Aitor Arregi for Handia (Giant), Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi, Spain
Best Adapted Screenplay:  Isabel Coixet for The Bookshop, Isabel Coixet, Spain, UK and Germany

To check winners in all categories go official site here, available in Spanish.

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