The great gala of Spanish cinema, the Goya Awardsbegan this Saturday in Seville (south) with a memory for one of its great figures, the director Carlos Saura, who died the day before.
The director’s family collected the Goya of honor that had been attributed to him by the actress Carmen Maura, who worked with him on “Ay Carmela” and who described him as “a wonderful, friendly, understanding director”.
“Thank you very much to everyone who has collaborated with me in this wonderful work that is filming a movie”, said Saura himself in a message that he had prepared to thank the award and which was read by his wife, Eulalia Ramón.
Among excerpts from his works, the Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade she performed the 1976 song “Porque te vas”, by Jeanette, forever associated with Saura’s film “Cría Cuervos”.
The other honoree at the ceremony will be French actress Juliette Binoche, 58, who will receive the international Goya. AFP
Considered one of the four great directors of Spanish cinema, Along with Luis Buñuel, Luis García Berlanga and Pedro Almodóvar, Saura died at the age of 91 on Friday, leaving behind a career that earned him three awards at the Berlin Festival and two at Cannes.
The burning chapel of the filmmaker it will be installed on Monday at the headquarters of the Film Academy in Madrid for a final tribute from the public, and the government awarded it the highest cultural distinction, the Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise.
“The Beasts”, favorite
The other honoree of the ceremony will be the French actress Juliette Binoche, 58 years oldwhich will receive the international Goya.
The Spanish Film Academy Award (AACCE) it’s a bronze bust that represents the Spanish painter Francisco Goya, and he was chosen because his name was representative and short, like Oscar and Cesaralthough the artist had nothing to do with the cinema.
At the 37th edition of the Goyanicknamed “los cabezones”, start as favorites “As Bestas”, with their 17 nominations, followed by “Modelo 1977”, with 16, and “Alcarrás” and “Cinco lobitos” with 11.
“As Bestas”, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyentells the story of a couple of French ecologists who go to live in a village in Galicia (northwest), and whose life project ends up colliding tragically with the locals, particularly with two brothers.
“What we liked was to imagine the motivations Of these four characters, how can you hate a neighbor so much, and that of the two foreigners, people who are not welcome, but who say ‘I’m not going to leave here,'” Sorogoyen explained. at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Alcarrás”, performed by amateur actors and directed by Carla Simón, narrates, instead, the difficulties of a family of Catalan farmers who find themselves confronted with the solar panel industry.
“My uncles grow peaches in Alcarràs, but the story is fictitious”, explained the director Carla Simón, who spent her summers in that Catalan town as a child.
Dictatorships as a theme
“1977 Model”, by Alberto Rodríguezwhich bears the name of what was for many years the great prison of Barcelona (northeast), is based on the history of common prisoners that after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco they demanded an amnesty like the one that benefited political prisoners.
Its two protagonists Javier Gutiérrez and the young Miguel Herrán -known for the television series “La Casa de Papel”- will compete for the award for best leading actor.
Finally, “five beads” tells the story of a woman who returns to her parents’ house for a while, which helps her to rediscover her relationship with her mother in light of her recent maternity.
He Award for the best Ibero-American film has Argentina as an undisputed favorite “Argentina, 1985”, the film by Santiago Miter played by Ricardo Darín on the trial of those responsible for the military dictatorship.
Compete with the Colombian “La Jauría”, the Mexican “Noche de fuego”, the Bolivian “Utama” and the Chilean “1976”a film also related to a dictatorship, that of Augusto Pinochet.
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