Madrid, Jul 19 (EFE).- The Colombian drama film “El olvido que seremos” (Forgotten We’ll Be) and Guatemala’s “La llorona” (The Weeping Woman) lead the way with 11 nominations apiece in the eighth edition of the Platino Awards for Ibero-American Cinema, including nods in the best-picture and best-director categories.
The nominees were unveiled at a ceremony that took place Monday at the City Council of Madrid and was attended by Culture and Sport Minister Miquel Iceta.
“El olvido que seremos” is based on a 2006 memoir by Hector Abad Faciolince that told the story of that acclaimed Colombian author’s father, Hector Abad Gomez, a medical doctor, university professor and human rights activist whose struggle for social justice and criticism of the Colombian government led to his death at the hands of right-wing paramilitaries in 1987.
“La llorona,” meanwhile, is a horror film that tells the story of a retired Guatemalan general on trial for war crimes and the moral struggle his family endures.
The Spanish coming-of-age drama “Las Niñas” (The Girls) and the Mexican-French art-film thriller “Nuevo Orden” (New Order) also were among the four nominees for Best Ibero-American Film.
The directors of “El olvido que seremos” and “La llorona,” Spain’s Fernando Trueba and Guatemala’s Jayro Bustamante, respectively, also garnered Platino Award nominations and are joined in the best-director category by Iciar Bollain (“La boda de Rosa”) and Michel Franco (“Nuevo orden”).
Spain’s Javier Camara, known for his work in three Pedro Almodovar films, has been nominated for best actor for his role as Hector Abad Gomez in “El olvido que seremos.” The other nominees in that category are Chile’s Alfredo Castro (“Tengo Miedo Torero”) and Argentines Diego Peretti (“El robo del siglo”) and Miguel Angel Sola (“Crimenes de Familia”).
In the best-actress category, Guatemala’s Maria Mercedes Coroy was nominated for her intense performance as a maid with supernatural visions in “La llorona” and is joined by Spain’s Candela Peña (“La boda de Rosa”), Brazil’s Regina Case (“Tres Veroes”) and Argentina’s Valeria Lois (“Las Siamesas”).
Among television series, Spanish historical drama “Patria” leads the way with five nominations, including the categories of best Ibero-American miniseries or TV series and best actress in a miniseries or TV series (Spain’s Elena Irureta).
Mexico’s “Alguien tiene que morir,” Spain’s “Antidisturbios” and Colombia’s “El Robo del Siglo” (not to be confused with the like-named Argentine comedy thriller starring Diego Peretti) also are in the running for best miniseries or TV series.
The award for best actor in a miniseries or TV series will be conferred on one of four nominees: Mexico’s Alejandro Speitzer (“Alguien tiene que morir”), Spain’s Alvaro Morte (“La casa de papel”), Andres Parra (“El robo del siglo”) or Spain’s Eduard Fernandez (“30 monedas”).
Earning the nods for best actress in a miniseries or TV series were Mexico’s Cecilia Suarez (“La casa de las flores,” Spain’s Irureta (“Patria”) and Inma Cuesta (“El desorden que dejas”) and Colombia’s Marcela Benjumea (“El robo del siglo”).
The Platino Awards will be handed out on Oct. 3 at Madrid’s IFEMA Municipal Palace in a ceremony that will be re-broadcast by 19 television networks worldwide.
The Platino Awards are promoted by the Spain-based Agency for the Management of Audiovisual Producers’ Rights (EGEDA) and the Ibero-American Federation of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Producers (FIPCA) with the purpose of increasing the visibility of Ibero-American cinema.
Past winners of the Platino Awards’ Best Ibero-American Film honor include Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory” and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” a winner of three Oscars. EFE