Blancanieves meets expectations and triumphs at the Goya Awards
by Sergio Ríos Pérez
- Pablo Berger’s film swept up 10 of the 18 prizes for which it was competing. It was followed by The Impossible (5 Goyas), Tad, The Last Explorer (3) and Unit 7 (2)
Blancanieves [+see also:
interview: Pablo Berger
film profile] met all expectations and triumphed last night at the gala for the Goya awards ceremony, which will also be remembered for the numerous protests it sparked against the government's choices. The film by Basque director Pablo Berger (photo) in fact carried off 10 trophies. It was followed by The Impossible [+see also:
interview: Juan Antonio Bayona
film profile] by JA Bayona (5 Goyas), Tad, The Last Explorer [+see also:
film profile] by Enrique Gato (3) and Unit 7 [+see also:
film profile] by Alberto Rodríguez (2).
The re-reading in black and white of the Snow White by the Brothers Grimm won out in the main category, that of the Best Film, in front of Unit 7, The Impossible and The Artist and the Model [+see also:
film profile], as well as in the categories for Best Actress in a main role (Maribel Verdú), Best Female Newcomer (Macarena García) and Best Original Screenplay (Berger). The film also picked up several technical prizes: cinematography, original soundtrack, original song, art direction, costume design, make-up and hair-styling).
The prize for Best Director was, however, awarded to the director from Barcelona, JA Bayona, for the movie that recently became the most popular Spanish film in history, The Impossible. Its foreign actors were not rewarded (Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor were competing in their respective categories), but the making of the film was honoured with Goyas for the Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Executive Production and Best Special Effects.
For the second year in a row, the Best Adapted Screenplay prize was awarded to an animated movie. Last year’s laureate was Wrinkles [+see also:
interview: Ignacio Ferreras
interview: Ignacio Ferreras
film profile], and this year Tad, The Last Explorer received the prize – another example proving the good shape in which the animated movie industry now finds itself in Spain. Enrique Gato’s film also won the Best New Director and Best Animated Film awards.
Without reaching the level of protestation witnessed during the Goya ceremony in 2003 against the war in Iraq, which left the industry with mixed feelings because of the event's excessive nature, many speakers openly condemned the policies of Mariano Rajoy’s government in terms of the economy in general and cultural and cinematographic spheres in particular. It is particularly worth quoting the director of the Academy, Enrique González Macho, who was highly critical of the “brutal” increase in VAT in the cultural sector: “The cinema industry will not give up until this mistake is rectified. Spain cannot have the highest VAT in Europe in the field of of culture. Other countries like the Netherlands and Portugal have tried to impose higher VAT, but they realized it was a mistake and they brought it down”.
(Translated from Spanish)
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