email print share on facebook share on twitter share on google+

AWARDS Spain

Rodrigo Sorogoyen dominates the Feroz Awards

by 

- The Madrilenian filmmaker was the big winner at the ceremony organised to hand out the Spanish Association of Film Journalists’ awards, as he picked up five gongs for his political thriller The Realm

Rodrigo Sorogoyen dominates the Feroz Awards
The team behind The Realm with their Feroz Awards (© Feroz Awards)

On 19 January, the city of Bilbao hosted the sixth edition of the Feroz Awards, the trophies handed out every year by the Spanish Association of Film Journalists (AICE), at which there was one man who went up on stage a total of three times: filmmaker Rodrigo Sorogoyen. His latest movie, The Realm [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isabel P…
film profile
]
, earned him the Awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay (which he co-wrote with Isabel Peña) and Best Drama of 2018. In addition, his actors Antonio de la Torre, who plays the lead role (and who was absent from the ceremony), and Luis Zahera, performing in a supporting role, were triumphant in their respective categories. All in all, five Feroz Awards were bestowed upon this corruption-themed thriller that was first presented at the most recent San Sebastián Film Festival. The movie has so far grossed almost €1.5 million, and was co-produced (with France) by Atresmedia Cine and Tornasol Films, among other outfits. Gerardo Herrero, a seasoned industry professional who heads up the latter company, was clearly moved as he took to the microphone and dedicated his award to young producers. He also urged those present to continue supporting excellent films – as exemplified by two of his rivals, Carmen & Lola [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Arantxa Echevarría
film profile
]
 and Journey to a Mother’s Room [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Celia Rico Clavellino
film profile
]
.

(The article continues below - Commercial information)

As a matter of fact, one of the actresses in the latter film, Anna Castillo, picked up the Best Supporting Actress Award (which she dedicated to her colleague on the Celia Rico film, Lola Dueñas): the Catalonian thesp actually pulled off a double win on Saturday night, as she also collected the Feroz for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Arde Madrid, produced by Movistar + and directed by Paco León, which was also considered to be the Best Comedy Series and saw its lead, Andalusia’s Inma Cuesta, pick up a gong.

Quién te cantará [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carlos Vermut
film profile
]
, the third movie by Carlos Vermut, which previously won the Feroz Award at the most recent edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival, garnered four prizes: Best Poster (designed by Vermut himself), Best Trailer, Best Soundtrack (composed by Alberto Iglesias, a musician who regularly works on the films of Pedro Almodóvar) and Best Lead Actress for Eva Llorach, who, after also scooping the Forqué Award a few days ago (see the news), is clearly on course for victory at the Goyas, which will be handed out on 2 February.

At the ceremony presented by actress Ingrid García-Jonsson – which was more entertaining and spirited than proceedings usually are at events like this, and which was fuelled by an abundance of alcohol, some savage humour and a handful of indelicate remarks – the Special Feroz Award was bestowed upon Between Two Waters [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Isaki Lacuesta
film profile
]
, a film helmed by Isaki Lacuesta; the Honorary Feroz Award (with a huge accompanying round of applause) upon the great José Luis Cuerda (“my film teacher”, as he was described by Alejandro Amenábar, who handed him the statuette); the Best Documentary Feroz upon the film Notes for a Heist Film [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: León Siminiani
film profile
]
 by León Siminiani; and the Best Comedy Feroz upon Champions [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Javier Fesser. The ceremony unfolded before the gaze of around 3,000 people who attended the gala, plus guests such as the mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, the director of the ICAA, Beatriz Navas, and the president of the Spanish Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, director Mariano Barroso (who, incidentally, was nominated for his TV series El día de mañana).

Here is the full list of film award winners:

Best Drama
The Realm [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isabel P…
film profile
]
 – Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain/France)

Best Comedy
Champions [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – Javier Fesser

Best Director 
Rodrigo Sorogoyen – The Realm

Best Lead Actress 
Eva Llorach – Quién te cantará [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carlos Vermut
film profile
]
 (Spain/France)

Best Lead Actor 
Antonio de la Torre – The Realm

Best Supporting Actress 
Anna Castillo – Journey to a Mother’s Room [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Celia Rico Clavellino
film profile
]
 (Spain/France)

Best Supporting Actor 
Luis Zahera – The Realm

Best Screenplay 
Isabel Peña and Rodrigo Sorogoyen – The Realm

Best Documentary
Notes for a Heist Film [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: León Siminiani
film profile
]
–  León Siminiani 

Best Original Score 
Quién te cantará – Alberto Iglesias 

Best Trailer
Miguel Ángel Trudu – Quién te cantará 

Best Poster 
Carlos Vermut – Quién te cantará 

Special Feroz Award
Between Two Waters [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Isaki Lacuesta
film profile
]
 – Isaki Lacuesta (Spain/Switzerland/Romania)

Honorary Feroz Award
José Luis Cuerda

(Translated from Spanish)

Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.