The Bride is the most ferocious film at this year's Feroz Awards
by Alfonso Rivera
- Paula Ortiz’s second movie has won six trophies, handed out by the Association of Film Journalists, followed by Cesc Gay’s Truman
Last night, the third edition of the Feroz Awards – given out by the more than 170 members of the AICE (the Association of Spanish Film Journalists) – held its glamorous, crowded and festive awards ceremony at the Gran Teatro Príncipe Pío in Madrid, presented by actress Silvia Abril. The modern-day adaptation of Blood Wedding by Federico García Lorca, entitled The Bride [+see also:
interview: Paula Ortiz
film profile], which started off as the favourite with nine nominations (read more), cashed in on six of them: Best Drama Film, Best Director (Paula Ortiz), Best Lead Actress (Inma Cuesta), Best Supporting Actress (Luisa Gavasa), Best Trailer and Best Original Score (courtesy of Japan’s Shigeru Umebayashi, a regular collaborator with Wong Kar-wai and Zhang Yimou).
In terms of the number of trophies taken home, it was followed by Cesc Gay’s Truman [+see also:
interview: Cesc Gay
film profile], which snagged two: Best Lead Actor, for Argentina’s Ricardo Darín (who has established himself as a dead cert for the Goya Award in this category after he also pocketed the Forqué Award last week – read more), and Best Screenplay, which was penned by the Catalan director and his regular writing partner, Tomás Aragay.
In the Best Comedy category (in 2015, 32 Spanish-produced comedy titles were released, compared to 86 dramas/documentaries), the third film by Borja Cobeaga, Negociador [+see also:
film profile], came out on top, while among the supporting actors, Mario Casas was victorious thanks to his highly entertaining parodic role in Álex de la Iglesia’s romp that goes by the name of Mi gran noche [+see also:
film profile]. The feature debut by actress Leticia Dolera, Requirements to Be a Normal Person [+see also:
film profile], was recognised for its attractive poster.
Seasoned actress Rosa María Sardá received the first Honorary Feroz Award for Lifetime Achievement (we saw her a short while ago in the box-office smash Spanish Affair 2 [+see also:
film profile]), and the boldness and riskiness of B, la película [+see also:
film profile] by David Ilundáin were acknowledged, after the movie decried the scandalous Luis Bárcenas affair with both talent and bravery – it thus received the Special Feroz Award, which recognises the fact that it deserved to perform better upon its release in Spanish theatres.
Here is the list of the main winners:
Paula Ortiz, The Bride
Best Lead Actress
Inma Cuesta, The Bride
Best Supporting Actress
Luisa Gavasa, The Bride
Cesc Gay and Tomás Aragay, Truman
Best Original Score
Shigeru Umebayashi, The Bride
(Translated from Spanish)