Madrid, Sep 29 (EFE).- The eighth Platino Awards for Ibero-American Cinema gala will feature performances by stars such as Lebanese-born violinist Ara Malikian, American singer of Mexican descent Becky G, Venezuelan singer-songwriter Carlos Baute and Spanish flamenco dancer Sara Baras, organizers said Wednesday.
In a press release, they said the line-up of celebrities set to take part in the Oct. 3 ceremony at Madrid’s IFEMA Municipal Palace also will include Spanish electronic dance music DJ and remixer Juan Magan, Uruguayan singer Natalia Oreiro and Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and musician Pedro Capo.
“They will be performing their most iconic songs, but some special surprises” will be in order for the Platino Awards gala, which will be an in-person event once again after being held virtually last year due to the pandemic.
The gala is to be hosted by actors Juana Acosta and Luis Gerardo Mendez.
In the film portion of the awards, “El olvido que seremos” (Forgotten We’ll Be), a Colombian biopic about university professor and human rights defender Hector Abad Gomez; and Guatemalan politically tinged horror film “La llorona” (The Weeping Woman) lead the way with 11 nominations apiece.
Both are in the running for the gala’s most prestigious honor, the Platino Award for Best Ibero-American Film, along with Spanish coming-of-age drama film “Las niñas” (Schoolgirls) and Mexican-French art film thriller “Nuevo orden” (New Order).
The Spanish historical drama series “Patria” topped the television section with five nominations, including one for Best Miniseries or TV Series.
Three other series received four nods apiece: the Spanish-Mexican thriller “Alguien tiene que morir” (Someone Has to Die), the Colombian crime drama “El robo del siglo” (The Great Heist) and the critically acclaimed Spanish crime drama “La casa de papel” (Money Heist), winner of a 2018 International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series and three Platino Awards last year for Best Miniseries or TV Series, best actor and best supporting actress.
“Patria” will square off in the Best Miniseries or TV Series category with “Alguien tiene que morir,” “El robo del siglo” and “Antidisturbios” (Riot Police), a Spanish police drama thriller.
The Platino Awards were launched in 2014 to promote a “spirit of union among the Ibero-American nations and the dissemination of their cultures.” EFE