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Patria and the Trueba brothers triumph at the eighth Platino Awards

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- The Spanish series has picked up four statuettes, while the Colombian film Memories of My Father, directed by Fernando Trueba and written by his brother, David, took home five prizes

Patria and the Trueba brothers triumph at the eighth Platino Awards
Fernando Trueba accepting the Platino Award for Best Director (© EGEDA)

Memories of My Father was deemed to be the Best Ibero-American Fiction Film at the eighth edition of the Platino Awards during the gala ceremony held at the IFEMA Palacio Municipal convention centre in Madrid on Sunday 3 October. The Colombian film also netted the Awards for Best Art Direction, for Diego López; Best Screenplay, penned by David Trueba; Best Director, for Fernando Trueba; and Best Actor, for Spanish thesp Javier Cámara.

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Standing out among the TV productions that earned themselves prizes were Spain’s Patria [+see also:
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, which scooped four trophies, including Best Ibero-American Miniseries or TV Series, plus two gongs for its actresses Elena Irureta (Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Series) and Loreto Mauleón (Best Supporting Actress in the same category). It also snagged the Award for Best Creator of a Miniseries or TV Series – a brand-new prize introduced at the eighth edition of the Platino Awards – for Aitor Gabilondo.

Other award winners included the actresses from the Spanish-French flick Rosa’s Wedding [+see also:
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, directed by Icíar BollaínCandela Peña for Best Actress and Nathalie Poza for Best Supporting Actress.

Yet more Spanish titles triumphed last night: Schoolgirls [+see also:
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, a film set to be released in France in October, picked up the Platino Award for Best Ibero-American Debut Fiction Film, thus adding a new accolade to the trophy cabinet of the award-festooned film by Aragonese helmer Pilar Palomero. The co-production The Mole Agent [+see also:
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by Maite Alberdi – which has also earned a great deal of praise from the critics and has been reaping awards – came out on top in the Best Documentary Feature category, and also pocketed the gong for Film and Education Values. Meanwhile, Aránzazu Calleja and Maite Arrotajauregui, the people behind the music for the Spanish-French-Argentinian co-production Akelarre [+see also:
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, scooped the Award for Best Original Score. Finally, Turu, the Wacky Hen [+see also:
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was deemed deserving of the Award for Best Animated Film.

The statuette for Best Supporting Actor was bestowed upon the ever-magnificent Alfredo Castro for his role in the Chilean-Argentinian-Belgian movie The Prince [+see also:
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. The technical prizes went to the chilling Guatemalan-French film La llorona [+see also:
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, which took home the Best Editing Award (for Gustavo Matheu and its director, Jayro Bustamante), the Best Cinematography Award (for Nicolás Wong) and the Best Sound Direction Award (for Eduardo Cáceres).

One of the highlights of the evening was when charismatic actor and filmmaker Diego Luna received the brand-new Honorary Platino Award. Enrique Cerezo, the CEO of the Platino Awards, defined him as “an ambassador for Mexico and the whole of Ibero-America”, before promptly handing him the statuette. Luna waxed lyrical about the eagerly awaited reunion of the Ibero-American film industry, urging people to look to the future optimistically: “We are capable of so much more,” he declared in front of the audience in attendance and those watching on TV.

The Platino Awards for Ibero-American Film, promoted by EGEDA (the Society for Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management) together with FIPCA (the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers), and boasting the support of the Ibero-American film academies and institutes, bring together the biggest talents of the industries in the 23 Ibero-American countries, singing the praises of the year’s standout productions and creators through their prizes and an Honorary Award.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Best Ibero-American Fiction Film
Memories of My Father – Fernando Trueba (Colombia)

Best Director
Memories of My Father - Fernando Trueba

Best Actor
Javier Cámara Memories of My Father

Best Actress
Candela Peña – Rosa’s Wedding [+see also:
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]
(Spain/France)

Best Supporting Actress
Nathalie Poza – Rosa’s Wedding

Best Supporting Actor
Alfredo Castro - The Prince [+see also:
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]
(Chile/Argentina/Belgium)

Best Ibero-American Debut Fiction Film
Schoolgirls [+see also:
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interview: Pilar Palomero
film profile
]
- Pilar Palomero (Spain)

Best Documentary Feature
The Mole Agent [+see also:
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interview: Maite Alberdi
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]
– Maite Alberdi (Chile/Spain/USA/Germany/Netherlands)

Best Screenplay
David Trueba – Memories of My Father

Best Editing
Gustavo Matheu and Jayro Bustamante – La llorona [+see also:
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interview: Jayro Bustamante
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]
(Guatemala/France)

Best Art Direction
Diego López Memories of My Father

Best Cinematography
Nicolás Wong – La llorona

Best Sound Direction
Eduardo Cáceres – La llorona

Best Original Score
Aránzazu Calleja and Maite Arrotajauregui - Akelarre [+see also:
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interview: Pablo Agüero
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]
(Spain/France/Argentina)

Best Animated Film
Turu, the Wacky Hen [+see also:
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– Víctor Monigote and Eduardo Gondell (Spain)

Award for Film and Education Values
The Mole Agent – Maite Alberdi

Best Ibero-American Miniseries or TV Series
Patria [+see also:
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]
(Spain)

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Series
Elena Irureta – Patria

Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV Series
Loreto Mauleón - Patria

Best Creator of a Miniseries or TV Series
Aitor Gabilondo - Patria

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Series
Andrés Parra - The Great Heist (Colombia)

Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Series
Christian Tappan – The Great Heist

Honorary Platino Award
Diego Luna

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(Translated from Spanish)

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