Embrace of the Serpent sweeps the Platino Awards
by Alfonso Rivera
- The third edition of the awards gave seven trophies to the stunning film by Colombia’s Ciro Guerra
Last night, the tourist paradise that is Punta del Este, Uruguay, served as the backdrop for the awards ceremony for the third Platino Awards, created by FIPCA (the Latin American Association of Film and Audiovisual Producers) and EGEDA (the Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Association). The undeniable victor of the evening was Embrace of the Serpent, directed by Ciro Guerra, which, in addition to snagging Best Latin American Fiction Film (it is a production between Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina), came out on top in the categories of Best Director, Best Original Music, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Art Direction.
Argentina’s Guillermo Francella took home the 2016 Platino Award for Best Actor for the co-production between his home country and Spain (via El Deseo) The Clan [+see also:
film profile], while Dolores Fonzi pocketed Best Actress for Paulina [+see also:
film profile] (Argentina-Brazil-France). The magnificent co-production between Guatemala and France Ixcanul Volcano [+see also:
interview: Jayro Bustamante
film profile] picked up the Platino Award for Best First Fiction Feature and the Audience Award for Best Film.
Spain, which will bring next year’s edition of the awards ceremony to Madrid, ended up with the Best Animated Film Award, which went to the highly successful Capture the Flag [+see also:
film profile] by Enrique Gato. The moving The Pearl Button [+see also:
film profile] by Chilean director Patricio Guzmán was judged Best Documentary, while the filmmaker’s fellow countrymen Pablo Larraín, Guillermo Calderón and Daniel Villalobos were singled out for Best Screenplay for their work on The Club.
Argentina’s Ricardo Darín (who was duking it out for the Best Actor Award for Truman [+see also:
interview: Cesc Gay
film profile], a film that did not manage to win a single prize) received the Lifetime Achievement Award, while the audience voted him as their favourite actor for his turn in Cesc Gay’s movie, with the audience ballots for Best Actress going to Penélope Cruz for her energetic performance in ma ma [+see also:
film profile] (read more) by Julio Medem. The Second Mother by Brazilian director Anna Muylaert earned itself the Platino Award for Film and Education in Values.
Here is the complete list of winners of the 2016 Platino Awards:
Best Fiction Film
Embrace of the Serpent – Ciro Guerra
Ciro Guerra – Embrace of the Serpent
Pablo Larraín, Guillermo Calderón and Daniel Villalobos - The Club
David Gallego – Embrace of the Serpent
Nascuy Linares – Embrace of the Serpent
Etienne Boussac and Cristina Gallego – Embrace of the Serpent
Best Art Direction
Angélica Perea – Embrace of the Serpent
Carlos García and Marco Salaverría – Embrace of the Serpent
Film and Education in Values
The Second Mother - Anna Muylaert
Lifetime Achievement Award
Ixcanul Volcano - Jayro Bustamante
(Translated from Spanish)