MALAGA, Spain – “Dolor y gloria” (Pain and Glory), the latest film from iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, dominated Saturday’s Goya Awards gala in Malaga, winning seven Goyas, including best picture, best actor (Antonio Banderas) and best director.
The 59-year-old Banderas said in his acceptance speech that the Goya was “like a gift to celebrate” his having survived to mark the third anniversary the heart attach he suffered on Jan. 26, 2017.
“Not only am I alive, but I feel alive,” the Malaga native said at the 34th edition of Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Though he received an honorary Goya five years ago, this is his first acting award after being nominated on five previous occasions.
He called his 40-year artistic partnership with Almodovar “a very special journey” before addressing some words directly to the filmmaker.
“We have worked together on eight films. I’ve never had the opportunity to work with a filmmaker or artist in general with the loyalty you have to your cinema, because you have never betrayed yourself,” Banderas told Almodovar, who was still teary-eyed minutes later when he took the stage to accept his third best-director Goya.
“Film has been the most important experience of my life,” the two-time Oscar winner said, thanking Banderas and the rest of the cast of “Dolor y gloria,” including Penelope Cruz, Asier Etxeandria and Julieta Serrano, who received the Goya for best supporting actress.
“Dolor y gloria” is the fourth of Almodovar’s 21 films to be honored with the Goya for best picture, prevailing this time over “Mientras dure la guerra” (While at War), “La trinchera infinita” (The Endless Trench), “Lo que arde” (Fire Will Come) and “Intemperie” (Out in the Open).
The Almodovar opus also won for best original screenplay, best editing (Teresa Font) and best original music (Alberto Iglesias).
Belen Cuesta got the best actress nod for “La trinchera infinita,” while best supporting actor honors went to Eduard Fernandez for “Mientras dure la guerra.”
The award for best female newcomer was presented to 84-year-old Benedicta Sanchez (“Lo que arde”). Enric Auquer was named best male newcomer for his performance in “Quien a hierro mata” (Eye for an Eye).
“La hija de un ladron” (A Thief’s Daughter) impressed the academy enough to garner a best first-time director Goya for Belen Funes.
Argentina’s “La odisea de los Giles” (Heroic Losers), by Sebastian Borensztein, got the prize for best Ibero-American film. French production “Los miserables” was honored as best European film.
The team behind “Buńuel en el laberinto de las tortugas” (Buńuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles) accepted the Goya for best animated feature.