MADRID – Spanish actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz have been nominated for the best lead role awards at Spain’s main annual national movie awards.
For the 33rd edition of the Goya Awards, set to take place on Saturday in the southern city of Seville, two of Spain’s most well-known actors are both nominated for their roles in the movie “Everyone Knows” by Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Asghar Farhadi.
For this year’s awards, 26 percent of the nominees were women, while no women were up for awards in the main categories of music, photography direction, production or animation, Cristina Andreu, president of the Association of Female Filmmakers (CIMA) told Efe in an interview.
“When we talk about movies with large budgets, women disappear,” Andreu told Efe in reference to her experience of being nominated for a Goya in 1989. Since then, she said, things have not really improved.
But women working in the film industry would not give up, Andreu added, and this year they would return to the FIBES Conference and Exhibition Center in Seville waving their red fans in solidarity with women.
“Now more than ever to ensure there is ‘ni una menos’,” (which roughly translates to “not one less”), Andreu added.
One of the few films directed by a woman that has been nominated was “Carmen & Lola” by Arantxa Echevarria, a love-story between two adolescent Roma women.
Other films up for the best film award included the comedy hit “Campeones” (“Champions”), the story of a basketball coach who end up training a team of mentally disabled players after being sentenced to community service, directed by Javier Fesser; “El Reino” (“The Kingdom”) by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, the story of a corrupted Spanish politician who is exposed by the media; and “Between Two Waters,” the tale of two Roma brothers who reunite after having gone their separate ways due to stints in prison and the navy, but end up bonding over the violent death of their father, by Isaki Lacuesta.
If Cruz does indeed take the prize home for her lead role in Farhadi’s movie about a woman who returns to Spain for her sister’s wedding, it would make her the most-awarded actress in Spanish cinema.
The Goya gala event will be presented by late-night host Andreu Buenafuente and actress Silvia Abril, with musical performances by Spanish singer Rosalia and British pianist James Rhodes, among other artists.