Thu. Feb 20th, 2020

Triumph of ‘The daughter of a thief’ and ‘Els dies que vindran’ in a very distributed Gaudí awards

The daughter of a thief Y The dies that will come they have been the most applauded films last night during the twelfth edition of the Gaudí awards, starring a winnership spread among its 21 categories. Belén Funes’ first film, which chronicles the struggle for the survival of a young mother in a marginal neighborhood of Barcelona today, won three of the thirteen awards she was nominated for: best non-Catalan film, direction and script. For its part, the chronicle of a real pregnancy that centers the third feature film by Carlos Marques-Marcet won another three of the ten he competed in: best film, editing and leading actress for Maria Rodríguez Soto.

The Catalan interpreter, who works with her partner David Verdaguer in this film that devastated the last festival of Malaga, won over Greta Fernández, Aina Clotet and Carmen Arrufat and thus saw her film debut rewarded with a very intimate proposal that Surprisingly, it has not been denied in the Goya nominations. “What a rush!” He said exultantly. “It makes me very excited and I am very happy,” said the interpreter very excited and then thanked the film team and her family, who went to the ceremony to wrap her up. “With this movie I have experienced many things,” he commented with a wide smile.


What burns, by Oliver Laxe, was the other big favorite of the night. The slow disappearance of the rural civilization that the Spanish director born in France portrays through the images of the forest and the wildest Galicia, conquered the members of the Academy of Cinema Català, who awarded Gaudí to the best European film and Photography for Mauro Herce. Innocence, the feature film debut of 34-year-old director Lucía Alemany, only won the award for Laia Marull in the supporting actress section. The story that delves into the abortion taboo in adolescents and based on the experience of the Valencian filmmaker, opted for seven nominations, including for the young protagonist Carmen Arrufat, who dazzled in San Sebastián for her naturalness and freshness in the role of Lis, a 15-year-old girl who dreams of leaving her village in Castellón and traveling to Barcelona to become a circus artist.

The director Belén Funes, surrounded by Àlex Monner and Greta Fernández

The director Belén Funes, surrounded by Àlex Monner and Greta Fernández
(Ana Jiménez)

Neus Ballús, winner in 2014 of four Gaudí awards for The plague, did not have the same fate this time with Marta’s viatge (Staff only). The generational shock and exploration trip that describes his family story set in Senegal went empty after harvesting four mentions, including film and direction.

After the magic that flooded last year’s ceremony, this time it was the Dagoll Dagom universe the one behind as producer of a very musical gala -where the irony and the emotional touches were not lacking- that put the spotlight on the movie profession. In fact, the presenter of the function and actress of extensive theatrical career Anna Moliner, was responsible for opening the great festival of Catalan cinema with the song ‘M’agrada més el cine que la realitat’, which subsequently fed the live performances by Albert Pla, Àngels Gonyalons, Nèvoa and Xavier Sabata. Moliner was also responsible for putting an end to the evening with the theme ‘M’heu d’estimate’.

No prize

Neus Ballús went empty with ‘Marta’s viatge’, just like Aina Clotet and Eduard Fernández, twice nominated

Among the more than 2000 guests who attended the Auditorium of the Forum-CCIB of Barcelona, ​​he highlighted the presence of the new Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, to whom the president of the Academy, Isona Passola, asked for two very specific things from the stage : “We need tax incentives at the movies” and also urged him to be “the minister to put our bottom in orbit.” Passola’s speech once again influenced the precariousness of the Catalan audiovisual, which is experiencing a “tragic” moment, with “miserable budgets” and “a lot of talent that is forced to work outside.” The applause that was heard after his speech gave even more emphasis to his incisive words. Uribes, which was already seen for the first time in a film event attending last Thursday at the Feroz awards gala in Alcobendas, becomes the first member of the new Government of Pedro Sánchez to visit Catalonia.


Belén Funes, forged in the ESCAC as Lucía Alemany, was the first to go on stage to pick up the prize given by the kick off of the night, the best script for her and Marçal Cebrián for continuing the streak of worries that permeates the life of the character of Greta Fernández in The daughter of a thiefafter the short Sara on the run (2015). Very smiling and nervous, the filmmaker thanked Cebrián, “my best friend”, and dedicated the award to the actors in his film “for picking up a few words and turning them into reality.”

The academics praised Karra Elejalde as best actor for his role in the skin of Miguel de Unamuno in While the war lastsby Alejandro Amenábar. The Basque interpreter wanted to dedicate his award to a girl with Angelman’s disease and for this he showed a shirt in support of a cause “that will never let us down”. Elejalde left without choice Sergi López, David Verdaguer and Eduard Fernández, nominated in this category. And the brilliant performance of Enric Auquer as a Galician drug dealer in the thriller of Paco Plaza Who kills iron he was given a more than deserved statuette as supporting actor. Both Aina Clotet and Eduard Fernández, doubly nominated, were left without a prize.

Enric Auquer receives the Gaudí Award for best supporting actor for 'Who a Iron Kills'

Enric Auquer receives the Gaudí Award for best supporting actor for ‘Who a Iron Kills’
(Marta Pérez / EFE)

Although this edition was the most equal in the nominations, at the time of truth it was not reflected in a record where the trades with more masculine tradition followed the same path as always. The Gaudí for the best sound went to Sergio Bürmann and Marc Orts for Pain and glory; the visual effects fell to Mario Campoy, Irene Río and Iñaki Madariaga for The hole. In the direction of production, the work of Oriol Maymó was valued in Who kills iron and Gaudí for best music went to composer Pau Vallvé for the soundtrack of Life sense Sara Amat.

There was no surprise in the section of best short film, which ended up at the hands of Irene Moray for Syndria Suc, a piece about two young people that carry important emotional wounds and that has been very well received in all the festivals in which he has participated. The fourth kingdom The kingdom of plasticsby Adam Aliaga and Àlex Lora won as Documentary film; The cathedral of the Sea it was crowned as best movie for television and black coral comedy 7 reasons to run away conquered the special prize of the public for the best film.

The most emotional moment was the veteran director, screenwriter, producer, distributor and critic Francesc Betriu, which collected the Gaudí de Honor from Lluís Homar, protagonist of one of his best-known films, The diamond square. Betriu, who turned 80 on the previous day. Betriu, who suffered censorship during the Franco regime, recalled his ambition to always devote himself to cinema. Betriu thanked Homar for giving him the statuette: “For me it will always be my beloved Quimet” and shared his prize “with a whole generation of filmmakers who had to arbitrate with the Franco dictatorship. A long and hard fight. ”

The new Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, was present at the gala

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