Pilar Palomero’s “girls” triumph in the Goya of the pandemic

Malaga, Mar 6 (EFE) .- “The girls”, the story of the loss of innocence set in Zaragoza in 1992 directed by Pilar Palomero, has triumphed in the 35th edition of the Goya Awards, which will be remembered as those of the pandemic , with nominees online and Hollywood stars leaving messages of support.

Palomero’s film has won the awards for best film, best new direction, original script and photography in a ceremony that was held in person at the Soho Theater in Malaga and Antonio Banderas and María Casado as masters of the ceremony.

Salvador Calvo has won the Goya for best director for “Adú”, a story about immigration that the public has supported massively in theaters – it premiered before the pandemic – and which has also obtained the awards for best sound, production direction and Revelation actor for an ecstatic Adam Nourou.

As the pools pointed out, Mario Casas has obtained his first Goya for best actor for “You will not kill”, while the one for best leading actress has been for Patricia López Arnaiz for “Ane”, the debut of the Basque David Pérez Sañudo.

“Ane”, set in a Vitoria immersed in street fighting, has been another of the great winners, also winning the award for best adapted screenplay and best new actress for Jone Laspiur.

“Akelarre”, a demystifying tale about Basque witchcraft directed by Argentine Pablo Agüero, was the numerical winner with five technical awards: artistic direction, makeup and hairdressing, costumes, special effects and music.

All the nominees received the news of the award via telematics, connected from their homes or in hotels with other team members, with even more emotional moments than usual, surrounded by their own.

Nathalie Poza won the Goya for best supporting actress for “Rosa’s Wedding” and has had a memory for her mother. Icíar Bollaín’s film also wins the award for best original song for Rozalén, who dedicated it to all female caregivers and to Women’s Day, which is celebrated on Monday.

The most vindictive moment has been starred by Alberto San Juan, who upon receiving the award for best supporting actor for “Sentimental”, has reminded the PSOE of the need to defend the right to decent housing. “Human rights cannot be goods and markets that are speculated on,” he said.

Overwhelming has been the number of Hollywood stars who have left their messages of support for Spanish cinema in the form of video, some even in Spanish such as Tom Cruise, Robert de Niro, Lupita N’yongo, Mel Gibson or Helen Mirren.

They have been joined by Margot Robbie, Naomi Watts, Mónica Belluci, Benicio del Toro, Oscar Martínez or, the most enthusiastic, Laura Dern. Emma Thompson, Isabelle Huppert, Halle Berry, Melanie Griffith, Sylvester Stallone, Salma Hayek, Ricardo Darín, Gael García Bernal, Guillerno del Toro and even Barbra Streisand, although in her case the message was only audio.

On the other hand, Luis López Carrasco’s “The Year of Discovery” has stood out, consecrated as the great non-fiction film of the year, with the Goya the best documentary and also the one with the best montage.

The Goya for the best Ibero-American film has had a Spanish accent, as it was won by “The forgetfulness that we will be”, a Colombian production directed by Fernando Trueba and starring Javier Cámara, which adapts the novel by Héctor Abad Faciolince.

The gala began with a moment of silence for the victims of the pandemic that Antonio Banderas introduced on the stage of the Soho Theater in Malaga accompanied on a giant multiscreen by the 166 nominees connected telematically.

“My first thought is for the film family,” said Banderas as soon as he went on stage, where he stressed that “the nominees are the true protagonists.”

With a very slow and solemn tone, the Malaga actor has assured that he had thought a lot about “his role” and that of the cinema in general “in front of the host of events” due to the health situation.

“We are storytellers and that is what we will do, we will tell the story of these days trying to understand how it has affected us, the depth of the open wounds,” he said before introducing a moment of silence.

The next surprise was to see them appear on stage to announce the first prizes to the honor quintet of “deliverers” formed by Pedro Almodóvar, Penélope Cruz, Juan Antonio Bayona, Alejandro Amenábar and Paz Vega.

The memory of the victims of covid-19 has been present throughout the gala, but especially at the end when the Goya for best film was delivered by nurse Ana Ruiz López, who remembered her colleagues who died on duty.

Jaime Chávarri, director of “Things of love”, has presented the Goya de Honor to Ángela Molina, who dedicated it to her family with a message of love and serenity for all.

Magdalena Tsanis


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