Malaga hosts 35th Goya Awards on March 6

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35th Goya Awards nominations

MALAGA – Antonio Banderas hosts the live-streamed 2021 Goya Awards ceremony from the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank  on Saturday, March 6. Malaga-born Banderas also directs this year’s award ceremony.

The 35th Goya Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (AACCE), will honour the best Spanish films of 2020.  The ceremony will be televised in Spain by Televisión Española (TVE) and will be directed and hosted by actor Antonio Banderas and journalist María Casado.

Netflix drama ‘Adú,’ directed by Salvador Calvo, is a clear frontrunner with 14 nominations, including for best film and best director. 

Calvo’s film follows three interconnected stories set in Africa. Two members of its ensemble cast Álvaro Cervantes and Adam Nourou, picked up Goya nominations for best supporting actor and best newcomer actor, respectively.

Last year, Pedro Almodóvar’s semi-autobiographical drama Pain and Glory was the big winner at the Goyas. It took seven awards, including for best picture, director, original screenplay, and best actor for Antonio Banderas.

United Kingdom shows well in European film category

The United Kingdom has two films in the running for Best European Film: ‘The Father’ and ‘Falling’. ‘The Father’ stars Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams. It follows the story of an aging Welshman (Hopkins) who must deal with his progressing memory loss.

‘Falling’ has a similar theme to ‘The Father’, dealing with dementia. John Peterson – played by Viggo Mortensen who also wrote and directed the film – is a middle-aged gay man whose homophobic father starts to exhibit symptoms of dementia. He has to sell the family farm and move to Los Angeles to live with John and his husband Eric.

Goya Awards Nominations

Here is the list of nominations for the main awards: 

Best Film

Adú; Ane Is MissingLa boda de Rosa; The Girls; The People Upstairs 

Best Director 

Salvador Calvo for Adú; Juanma Bajo Ulloa for Bafrom; Icíar Bollain for La boda de Rosa; Isabel Coixet for It Snows in Benidorm

Best Actress 

Amaia Aberasturi for Coven; Andrea Fandós for The Girls; Patricia López Arnaiz for Ane is Missing; Candela Peña for La boda de Rosa

Best Actor

Cogesa Expats

Mario Casas for Cross the Line; Javier Cámara for The People Upstairs; Ernesto Alterio for A Normal World; David Verdaguer for One for All

Best Supporting Actress

Juana Acosta for El inconvenient; Verónica Echegui for My Heart Goes Boom!; Natalia de Molina for The Girls; Nathalie Poza for La boda de Rosa

Best Supporting Actor 

Sergi López for La boda de Rosa; Juan Diego Botto for The Europeans; Alberto San Juan for The People Upstairs; Álvaro Cervantes for Adú

Best Actress Newcomer 

Jone Laspiur for Ane is Missing; Paula Usero for La boda de Rosa; Milena Smith for Cross the Line; Griselda Siciliani for The People Upstairs

Best Actor Newcomer 

Adam Nourou for Adú; Chema del Barco for The Plan; Janick for Historias lamentables; Fernando Valdivielso for Cross the Line

Best Original Screenplay

Adu; La boda de Rosa; Historias lamentables; The Girls

Best Documentary 

Anatomía de un dandy; Drowning Letters; The Year of the Discovery; My Mexican Bretzel

 Best European Film

Corpus Christi from Poland; The Father from the United Kingdom; An Officer and A Spy from France; Falling from the United Kingdom

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