Cinema: Pedro Almodovar triumphs at the Goya Awards – News Culture: Cinema


The film “Pain and Glory” by Pedro Almodovar won seven Goya prizes on Sunday, the highest awards in Spanish cinema. He notably won those for the best film, the best director and the best screenplay.

“You made us very happy this evening,” reacted, delighted, the 70-year-old filmmaker at the Goya awards gala in Malaga (south). Antonio Banderas, who plays the main role in this largely autobiographical film, received the award for best actor. “I learned so much from you,” said Banderas to Almodovar, who starred in eight of his films. “You understood me better than anyone”.

“Pain and Glory”, inspired by the childhood and youth of Almodovar, is nominated for the Oscar for best international film to be awarded on February 9. Antonio Banderas is nominated for the Oscar for best actor for his role in this film. “Pain and Glory” also received the Goya for best female supporting role (for Julieta Serrano), best editing and best original music.


This avalanche of awards seals the reconciliation between the Spanish Film Academy, which awards the Goya prizes, and the fetish director of the post-Franco “Movida”, revered abroad for his corrosive and kitsch films which have become more and more serious over time.

Nominated nine times to the Goya for best director, Almodovar had received this award only twice in his career: in 1999 for “Tout sur ma mère” and in 2006 for “Volver”. Believing that he was being treated unfairly, the director had even broken with the Academy and refused, for several years, to attend the Goya gala.

Among the other prizes awarded on Saturday evening, Belén Cuesta received the Goya for best actress for her role in “La trinchera infinita” (“The infinite trench”) by Basque directors Jon Garaño, Aitor Arregi and José Mari Goenaga. She won notably against Penelope Cruz, nominated for her role in the film by Almodovar. The Goya for best European film went to the film “Les Misérables” by Frenchman Ladj Ly. (Ps / nxp)

Created: 26.01.2020, 03h50


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