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AWARDS Spain / Latin America

Roma trounces its rivals at the Platino Awards

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- Alfonso Cuarón’s film has scooped five Ibero-American trophies, while the rest of the statuettes were split between European-Latin American (co-)productions

Roma trounces its rivals at the Platino Awards
The cast and crew of Alfonso Cuarón's Roma with one of their Platino Awards

It came as no surprise to anyone when Roma, a co-production between Mexico and the USA (Netflix), directed by Alfonso Cuarón, emerged victorious yesterday, roundly trouncing its rivals at the sixth edition of the Platino Awards, co-organised by EGEDA and FIPCA (the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers), and supported by the Latin American Film Academies and Institutes, Latin Artis and the AISGE Foundation. It went home with five trophies: Best Ibero-American Fiction Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Sound. Lagging far behind in second place on the podium was The Heiresses [+see also:
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(Paraguay/Germany/Brazil/Uruguay/Norway), helmed by Marcelo Martinessi, which snagged the Awards for Best Actress (Ana Brun) and Best Debut Film. The political thriller The Realm [+see also:
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(Spain/France) by Rodrigo Sorogoyen had to make do with the gongs for Best Actor (Antonio de la Torre) and Best Editing (Alberto del Campo).

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Spain also tasted victory in the Best Documentary category, as the winner was The Silence of Others [+see also:
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by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar; the film was produced – in conjunction with the USA – by the Almodóvar brothers through their company El Deseo. This moving documentary that speaks out against the still-unsolved crimes of the Franco period previously took home the Goya from the most recent edition of the Spanish Film Academy’s awards ceremony. Europe also pocketed the Platino for Best Animated Film, as it was bestowed upon Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow’s magnificent Another Day of Life [+see also:
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(Poland/Spain/Belgium/Germany/Hungary), which world-premiered at Cannes in 2018 and also picked up the Goya Award in the same category.

At a ceremony presented by filmmaker Santiago Segura and actress Cecilia Suárez, which was held in Xcaret, a tropical park and resort in Yucatán, Mexico, tribute was paid – through the presentation of the Honorary Platino – to Andalusian singer and actor Raphael (who sent himself up in Álex de la Iglesia’s My Big Night [+see also:
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), plus a number of other prizes were handed out that ended up going to Europe: Alberto Iglesias’ work on the soundtrack for Yuli – The Carlos Acosta Story [+see also:
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(Spain/Cuba/UK/Germany), directed by Icíar Bollaín, was suitably rewarded, and Champions [+see also:
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, the Spanish box-office smash of 2018, helmed by Javier Fesser, added one more statuette to its jam-packed trophy cabinet: the Platino for Film and Education Values.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

Best Ibero-American Fiction Film
Roma - Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico/USA)

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón - Roma

Best Screenplay
Alfonso Cuarón - Roma

Best Original Score
Alberto Iglesias – Yuli – The Carlos Acosta Story [+see also:
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(Spain/Cuba/UK/Germany)

Best Actor
Antonio de la Torre – The Realm [+see also:
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(Spain/France)

Best Actress
Ana Brun – The Heiresses [+see also:
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(Paraguay/Germany/Brazil/Uruguay/Norway)

Best Animated Film
Another Day of Life [+see also:
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- Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow (Poland/Spain/Belgium/Germany/Hungary)

Best Documentary Film
The Silence of Others [+see also:
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- Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar (Spain/USA)

Platino Award for Best Ibero-American Debut Fiction Film
The Heiresses – Marcelo Martinessi

Best Film Editing
Alberto del Campo – The Realm

Best Art Direction
Angélica Perea – Birds of Passage [+see also:
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(Colombia/Denmark/Mexico/Germany)

Best Cinematography
Alfonso Cuarón - Roma

Best Sound
Sergio Díaz, Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García - Roma

Platino Award for Film and Education Values
Champions [+see also:
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- Javier Fesser (Spain)

Best Ibero-American Miniseries or TV Series
Arde Madrid – Paco León and Anna R Costa (Spain)

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Series
Diego Luna – Narcos: Mexico (Mexico/USA)

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Series
Cecilia Suárez – The House of Flowers (Mexico/USA)

(Translated from Spanish)

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