The Goya Awards, the most important for Spanish movies and regarded as Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars, will be presented at the gala ceremony in Madrid next Sunday, February the 9th. Manel Fuentes will be the host to present the show replacing Eva Hache who presented it the last two editions.
Daniel Sanchez Arévalo’s “La gran familia española” (Family united) got 12 nominations for the 2014 Goya Awards for Spanish films, which makes it the favorite to come out on top. Arévalo’s work is followed by “Las brujas de Zugarramurdi” (Witching and bitching) by Alex de la Iglesia, with 10 nominations. Manuel Martín Cuenca’s “Caníbal” (Cannibal) got eight nominations, while “15 años y un día” (15 years and one day) and “3 bodas de más” (Three many weddings) got seven each.
“15 years and one day”, “Cannibal”, David Trueba’s “Living Is Easy With Your Eyes Closed” (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados) and editor Fernando Franco’s directorial debut “Wounded” (La Herida) round out the category for film, which allows for five candidates.
All five films turn on characters who attempt to forget relationships despite often formidable obstacles: the protagonist of “Wounded” suffers undiagnosed borderline personality disorder, “Cannibal’s” turns on a tailor who eats women and “United” has a family son who has to get married when Spain is playing a world cup soccer final.
Do you know why do we call these awards Goyas? Because Goya, besides being a world-recognised painter and representative of Spanish culture, was a short name, with a similar feel to the US Oscar and French César. Proposed to the assembly, Academy members became entangled in a new controvesy, which was finally cinched at the very end by art director Ramiro Gómez. He reminded attendees that Goya had had a pictorial concept very close to that in films and that several of his most representative works had an almost sequential treatment.
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