Madrid gets ready to host Platino Film Award ceremony
The Spanish film productions A Monster Calls, Julieta and The Man With Thousand Faces are some of the favourites for the 4thPlatino Awards, the most important accolades in the Spanish-Latin American film industry. The award gala is being held in Madrid on 22 July. The short-listed candidates were announced in an event held at Palacio de Cibeles, also in Madrid.
The announcement was made by actors Adrián Lastra, Asier Etxeandia, Ernesto Alterio, Natalia de Molina and Juan Pablo Shuk – 20 candidates in 16 categories. The Platino Awards are popularly known as the ‘Academy Awards of Spanish and Latin American film’.
The pre-nominated films also include Neruda (Chile-Argentina-Spain-France), The Distinguished Citizen (Argentina-Spain), The Chosen Ones (Mexico-USA) and 1898. Los últimos de Filipinas (‘1989. Our Last Men in the Philippines’, Spain).
The candidates for best director and best actor/actress in a leading role include J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls), Pedro Almodóvar (Julieta), Eduard Fernández (The Man With Thousand Faces), Oscar Martínez (The Distinguished Citizen), Emma Suárez (Julieta), Penélope Cruz (The Queen of Spain) and Macarena Arias (Alba).
The 4th edition of the awards is adding a new category: Best TV Series or Mini-series. Two productions from Spain, El Ministerio del Tiempo and Velvet, have been short-listed in this category.
This year, the Platino Awards hit a record high in terms of participation, with 847 feature films (including 194 Spanish productions). 142 of them were short-listed at the 32nd Guadalajara International Film Festival (10-17 March). After a second selection process, 104 films are still candidates for the nominations.
The nominees (five in each category) will be announced on 31 May. They will all fight for the Platinos, whose ceremony will take place at La Caja Mágica in Madrid on 22 July and will be broadcast in 50 countries by RTVE and TNT.
An award for the City of Madrid
In addition to films, actors and directors, the Platino Awards are giving recognition to cities too. Madrid has been the first, for hosting the 2017 ceremony.
The award in recognition of the City’s organising efforts was scooped by Mayor Manuela Carmena. Before Madrid, the Platino Award ceremony was held in Panama City, Marbella and Punta del Este, Uruguay.