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GOYAS 2018

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Isabel Coixet scoops three more Goyas

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- Giant may have taken home ten trophies, but the Catalan filmmaker pocketed the most important prizes with her European co-production The Bookshop

Isabel Coixet scoops three more Goyas
Isabel Coixet with her Goya for Best Director for The Bookshop (© DyP)

What do the members of the Spanish Academy of Film Arts and Sciences consider to be the best film of the past year? Is it the one that garners the highest number of its awards, the coveted Goyas, or the one that ends up with the accolade for Best Fiction Film? It’s quite the paradox after the (tedious, lacklustre and slow-paced) ceremony held on Saturday 3 February in Madrid, at which Giant [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño
film profile
]
received ten statuettes (mainly in the technical categories, such as cinematography, editing and art direction), while The Bookshop [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(a production between Spain, the UK and Germany) had to make do with just three, but they were the most conspicuous: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film. Thus, Isabel Coixet (who is already the proud owner of four other Goyas from previous years) took the microphone time after time to express her gratitude to the academy members for their votes.

Over the course of the evening, many languages were heard: The Bookshop was shot in English, Giant in Basque, Summer 1993 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carla Simón
film profile
]
(Best New Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best New Actress) in Catalan, and Holy Camp! [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Javier Calvo and Javier Amb…
film profile
]
(Best Song), Verónica [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Paco Plaza
film profile
]
(Best Sound) and other prizewinners in Spanish. It was also an occasion to demand gender equality, and indeed, many women came up on stage: Carla Simón (who collected the Goya Award for Best New Director), Marisa Paredes (the recipient of a well-deserved Honorary Goya) and Coixet herself were just some of the valiant and spirited females who were honoured at the ceremony.

Some of the standout moments during the gala for the 32nd edition of the Goyas included the emotional speech by Nathalie Poza, who won Best Actress for Can’t Say Goodbye [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Lino Escalera
film profile
]
, the brief but passionate address by transsexual actor Daniela Vega, the lead in the Spanish-Chilean-German-US co-production A Fantastic Woman [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(Best Latin American Film), and a real outpouring of charisma by the ever-talkative Julita Salmerón, the new “star” of Spanish cinema, thanks to Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Gustavo Salmerón
film profile
]
(Best Documentary), directed by the youngest of her offspring, Gustavo Salmerón. In the more or less spot-on distribution of the Goyas, The Motive [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Manuel Martín Cuenca
film profile
]
had to make do with a couple of acting trophies: for Javier Gutiérrez (who has won for the second time after he did so for Marshland [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alberto Rodríguez
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]
) and Adelfa Calvo, who was magnificent in the role of a karaoke-crazy caretaker inclined to fall in love.

Lastly, it is worth noting that the Film Academy directors’ speech – read out by filmmaker Mariano Barroso and actress Nora Navas in the absence of president Yvonne Blake, who is recovering after suffering a sudden stroke a few weeks ago – once again asked the government for the eternally postponed lowering of VAT, reminded those present that Spanish film is a profitable industry and, as in the rest of the ceremony, demanded equal working conditions for men and women.

Here is the full list of winners of the 2018 Goya Awards:

Best Film
The Bookshop [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
Isabel Coixet (Spain/UK/Germany)

Best Director
Isabel Coixet – The Bookshop

Best Lead Actress
Nathalie Poza – Can’t Say Goodbye [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Lino Escalera
film profile
]

Best Lead Actor
Javier Gutiérrez – The Motive [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Manuel Martín Cuenca
film profile
]
 (Spain/Mexico)

Best Supporting Actress
Adelfa Calvo The Motive

Best Supporting Actor
David Verdaguer Summer 1993 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carla Simón
film profile
]

Best New Actor
Eneko Sagardoy Giant [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño
film profile
]

Best New Actress
Bruna Cusi Summer 1993

Best New Director
Carla Simón Summer 1993

Best Original Screenplay
Jon Garaño, José María Goenaga and Aitor Arregi Giant

Best Adapted Screenplay
Isabel Coixet The Bookshop

Best Original Score
Pascal Gaigne – Giant

Best Production Direction
Ander Sistiaga – Giant

Best Special Effects
Jon Serrano and David Heras Giant

Best Sound
Aitor Berenger, Gabriel Gutiérrez and Nicolás de Poulpiquet Verónica [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Paco Plaza
film profile
]

Best Wardrobe Design
Saioa Lara Giant

Best Original Song
La llamada – Leiva, from Holy Camp! [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Javier Calvo and Javier Amb…
film profile
]

Best Hair and Make-up
Ainhoa Eskisabel, Olga Cruz and Gorka Aguirre Giant

Best Art Direction
Mikel Serrano Giant

Best Cinematography
Javier Agirre Erauso Giant

Best Editing
Laurent Dufreche and Raúl López Giant

Best European Film
The Square [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ruben Östlund
film profile
]
- Ruben Östlund (Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark/USA)

Best Animated Film
Tad, the Lost Explorer, and the Secret of King Midas [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
– Enrique Gato

Best Documentary Film
Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Gustavo Salmerón
film profile
]
– Gustavo Salmerón

Best Latin American Film
A Fantastic Woman [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
– Sebastián Lelio (Chile/Spain/Germany/USA)

Best Short Fiction
Mother – Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Best Short Documentary
Los desheredados – Laura Ferrés

Best Animated Short
Woody & Woody – Jaume Carrió

Honorary Goya
Marisa Paredes

(Translated from Spanish)

Basque Cannes
Jihlava Film Fund
CICAE
 

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