Wild Tales emerges triumphant from the second Platino Awards
by Alfonso Rivera
- The Spanish-Argentinian co-production has rounded off its magnificent awards season with eight well-deserved Latin American film trophies, which it pocketed on Saturday in Marbella
From Cannes to Marbella (Málaga), Wild Tales [+see also:
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Spain collected two further awards: Best Cinematography went to Álex Catalán, for Marshland [+see also:
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film profile], and Best Actor was bestowed upon Óscar Jaenada, the lead actor in the Mexican movie Cantinflas. These awards, which are handed out by EGEDA (the Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Association) and the Latin American Association of Film and Audiovisual Producers (FIPCA), focused on Spain once again when the legendary Rita Moreno handed over the Honorary Platino to Antonio Banderas, an actor, director and producer who was born very near to where the proceedings on Saturday called on “the union of the Latin American industries to stand up for the high-quality cinema that is made in our countries”.
In the documentary category, the winners were German director Wim Wenders and Brazilian filmmaker Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, for their magnificent The Salt of the Earth [+see also:
film profile]; meanwhile, in animation, the Brazilian title O menino e o mundo came out on top, and Best Fiction Feature Debut went to the Venezuelan film La distancia más larga [+see also:
film profile] by Claudia Pinto, starring Catalan actress Carme Elías.
The ceremony was attended by guests from every Latin American country, by actors and filmmakers from Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Spanish-speaking America, and by the new Spanish Culture Minister, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, and the presidents of FIPCA (Adrián Solar) and EGEDA (Enrique Cerezo).
(Translated from Spanish)