MADRID – “Roma,” by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, “A Twelve-Year Night,” by Uruguayan Alvaro Brechner, “The Angel,” by Argentine Luis Ortega, and “Los Perros,” by Chilean Marcela Said were on Wednesday nominated for the best Ibero-American film category ahead of the 33rd edition of the prestigious Goya awards that celebrate Spanish-language cinema.
Shot in black and white, Cuaron’s emphatic, semi-autobiographical story about Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), an indigenous maid in a crumbling middle-class family household in 1970s Mexico, is the big favorite, having already been crowned with the Golden Crown at the Venice Film Festival and with three Golden Globe nominations under its belt.
Cuaron won the Academy Award for best director in 2014 for his haunting outer-space thriller Gravity (2013).
Meanwhile, “A Twelve-Year Night” documents the harrowing imprisonment and torture of three members of the Tupamaros National Liberation Movement guerrilla that fought against Uruguay’s military regime between 1967-72, including the man who would later become the South American country’s president, Jose Mujica.
Another film based on a real-life story is “The Angel,” which loosely chronicles the life of Carlos Eduardo Robledo Puch, a serial killer whose 11 murders and 42 robberies shook Argentinian society to its core in the 1970s.
“Los Perros,” on the other hand, explores how the Chilean upper class was often complicit with – and remains complacent about – the brutal crimes carried out by the regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet.
The winner is set to be revealed in the southern Spanish city of Seville at the Goya awards ceremony scheduled for Feb. 2.