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The Oscars of Latin American cinema already have nominees lined up for their first edition

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- Argentinian film El médico alemán – Wakolda, Chilean production Gloria and Spanish movie Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed are hotly tipped at the Premios Platino, with four nominations each

The Oscars of Latin American cinema already have nominees lined up for their first edition

The Oscars of Latin American cinema, the Premios Platino, already have nominees lined up for their first edition, whose awards will be given out on Saturday 5 April at the Anayansi Theatre in Panama City. The films that have the most nominations are the Argentinian production El médico alemán - Wakolda, by Lucía Puenzo; Chilean movie Gloria [+see also:
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, by Sebastián Lelio; and Spanish feature Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed [+see also:
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, by David Trueba, with four nominations each.

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This first edition will include eight categories, in which awards will be given out for fiction films, documentaries and animations from 22 different countries (all of Latin America, including Brazil, together with Spain and Portugal).

Seven productions will be battling it out for the top prize of Best Latin American Fiction Film. Together with the three aforementioned movies, competing for this award are Mexican films Heli [+see also:
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, by Amat Escalante, and The Golden Cage [+see also:
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, by Spanish director Diego Quemada-Díez; Spanish production Witching & Bitching [+see also:
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, by Álex de la Iglesia; and Colombian feature Roa, by Andrés Baiz. Meanwhile, in the Best Director category, Puenzo, Lelio and Trueba are joined by Escalante for Heli.

Guatemalan actress Karem Martínez (The Golden Cage), Cuba’s Laura de la Uz (La película de Ana), Spaniard Marián Álvarez (Wounded [+see also:
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interview: Fernando Franco
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), Dominican actress Nashla Bogaert (¿Quién manda?), Uruguay’s Natalia Oreiro (El médico alemán - Wakolda) and Chile’s Paulina García (Gloria) will be duking it out for the Best Actress Award, while Spanish actors Antonio de la Torre (Cannibal [+see also:
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) and Javier Cámara (Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed), Mexico’s Eugenio Derbez (No se aceptan devoluciones), Argentina’s Ricardo Darín (Tesis sobre un homicidio) and Peruvian actor Víctor Prada (El limpiador) will do so in the male category.

The remaining categories are Best Animated Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score, in addition to two special awards: the Latin American Cinema Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award and the Camilo Vives Platino Award for Best Latin American Co-production.

The Premios Platino, sponsored by EGEDA and FIPCA, have been created in the hope that they will establish themselves as the most important global event to help promote and support the Latin American film industry, going beyond borders and removing all obstacles.

A complete list of categories and nominees follows:

Premio Platino for Best Latin American Fiction Film
Gloria
Heli
The Golden Cage
Witching & Bitching
Roa
Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed
El médico alemán - Wakolda

Premio Platino for Best Director
Sebastián Lelio (Gloria)
Amat Escalante (Heli)
David Trueba (Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed)
Lucía Puenzo (El médico alemán - Wakolda)

Premio Platino for Best Actor
Antonio de la Torre (Cannibal)
Víctor Prada (El limpiador)
Eugenio Derbez (No se aceptan devoluciones)
Ricardo Darín (Tesis sobre un homicidio)
Javier Cámara (Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed)

Premio Platino for Best Actress
Nashla Bogaert (¿Quién manda?)
Paulina García (Gloria)
Marian Álvarez (La herida)
Karen Martínez (The Golden Cage)
Laura De La Uz (La película de Ana)
Natalia Oreiro (El médico alemán - Wakolda)

Premio Platino for Best Original Score
Karin Zielinski (El limpiador)
Emilio Kauderer (Futbolín)
Joan Valent (Witching & Bitching)

Premio Platino for Best Animated Film
Anina
El secreto del medallón de Jade
Futbolín
Justin y la Espada del valor
Uma história de amor e fúria

Premio Platino for Best Documentary Film
Con la pata quebrada
Cuates de Australia
La eterna noche de las doce lunas
O dia que durou 21 anos
Sigo siendo

Premio Platino for Best Screenplay
Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza (Gloria)
Daniel Sánchez Arévalo (La gran familia española)
David Trueba (Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed)
Lucía Puenzo (El médico alemán - Wakolda

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(Translated from Spanish)

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