Antonio Banderas and María Casado will be the hosts of a different Goya gala this Saturday night (TVE-1; red carpet at 7:50 p.m. and ceremony starting at 10 p.m.). The man from Malaga has brought a decaffeinated party to the Soho Caixabank theater that manages in his hometown since, in an example of responsibility due to the pandemic, the winners will receive the awards from their homes. All participants have undergone PCR tests in the 72 hours prior to the gala. Last Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony followed the same pattern and demonstrated two things: that the rhythm and spontaneity of the show suffer and that the technical difficulties when it comes to having the candidates’ faces on the screen can be overcome. Tonight we will check the quality of the fiber optics distributed throughout Spain when connecting with the 166 nominees.
Although there is no audience, Banderas and Casado will not be alone on stage. A select representation of Spanish cinema will tear open the envelopes to meet the winners. Pedro Almodóvar, Penelope Cruz, Alexander Amenabar, Juan Antonio Bayona, Peace Vega, Bethlehem Slope, Antonio de la Tower, Maria Barranco, Najwa Nimri, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Carlos Areces, Julian Lopez, Adrian Lastra, Hiba Abouk, Marta Etura, Maggie Civantos , Natalia Verbeke, Tristan Ulloa, Daniela James and Jon Kortajarena, Among others, they will pose on the red carpet and add glamor to the coated role.
There will be performances by Vanesa Martín, Aitana, Nathy Peluso and Diana Navarro. The comedian Carlos Latre will become the Pepe Isbert of ‘Welcome Mr. Marshall’ to remember that we are in the Berlanga Year. And in a surprise that the organizers announced at the last minute, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have recorded videos “to support our cinematography,” according to the Academy.
The presence of Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Isabelle Huppert, Monica Bellucci, Salma Hayek, Sylvester Stallone, Benicio del Toro, Emma Thompson, Ricardo Darín and Laura Dern, fruit, undoubtedly of Banderas’ agenda and contacts, has been criticized by some members of the industry, who see in the display a gesture… like ‘Welcome, Mr. Marshall’.
The 13 nominations for the drama about immigration ‘Adu’, that exceeded one million spectators in theaters, does not make it a favorite. Everything indicates that ‘The girls’, which won the Forqué and the Feroz, is the film of the night thanks to the portrait of an era, the 90s, in which also takes place ‘Ane’ and ‘The year of discovery’. Pilar Palomero’s debut film is based on autobiographical elements and follows the awakening to adolescence of a girl, the daughter of a single mother, who contrasts the Francoist and pious carcundia that still governs the nuns’ school she attends with the air of debauchery. who live the streets of Zaragoza in 1992.
At the Goya this year they talk Basque (‘Ane’), Valencian (‘Rosa’s Wedding’) and English (‘It snows in Benidorm’). There is parity in the sections of best direction (which will be for Icíar Bollaín) and new direction (for Pilar Palomero). The maternity is one of the great themes: the Rosa played by Candela Peña, determined to marry herself, is as overcome as the Lide played by Patricia López Arnáiz in ‘Ane’, a security guard at the TAV works with a daughter involved in the kale borroka. The actress from Vitoria is a favorite for the leading Goya award while another mother is a favorite in the supporting category: Natalia de Molina in ‘The Girls’.
The feminist fight It also has a lot to do with ‘Akelarre’, which shows how women were subjected in the 17th century by accusing them of being witches. Only two Goyas lack tension: the one for Honor for Ángela Molina and the one for animation for the only film in contention: ‘La gallina Turuleca’.
‘Ane’. A suggestive reflection on family isolation. The decisions of its director point to an authorial voice with craftsmanship. The cast does essential realistic work.
Juanma Bajo Ulloa. It would be a nice surprise. We must applaud the authorial daring of a personal voice, which she decided not to accommodate after succeeding with his first feature films. ‘Baby’ is silent, a bold decision.
Patricia López Arnáiz. His expressiveness is commendable, with a heartfelt look that goes beyond the screen. She carries the weight of the action.
Mario Casas. It is time to recognize the talent of a great performer who knows how to give his all when accompanied by good direction. In ‘You will not kill’ he moves away from his best-known roles and offers a bright side that turns dark.
‘The girls’. If Spanish cinema begins to take generational bypassing, equal opportunities and other well-intentioned talk seriously, it has no choice but to reward Pilar Palomero’s debut film.
Juanma Bajo Ulloa. The director from Vitoria has returned to his origins with a suicide film at the intersection between ‘Butterfly Wings’, ‘Frágil’ and ‘Victor’s Kingdom’.
Patricia López Arnáiz. The values of ‘Ane’ can be questioned, but what is beyond any discussion is that Patricia López Arnáiz is the film.
Mario Casas. The exemplary manner with which he has managed his career will be rewarded this year with the Goya in a category for which he is the absolute favorite. He also pays attention to the nuances of him in ‘Home’ and ‘Practitioner’.
‘The girls’. A fascinating account of Spain in the 90s through the eyes of a girl. An explanation of why we are the way we are now.
Salvador Calvo. It was not easy to tell three different stories, in different locations, united by a central theme. Calvo demonstrates his good hand when it comes to giving fluidity to the narrative.
Patricia López Arnáiz. Naturalness and a complex mix of emotions is what the protagonist of ‘Ane’, who has already won Forqué and Feroz, transmits.
Mario Casas. What he does in ‘Thou shalt not kill’ is simply spectacular. He goes from shyness and introspection to the opposite extreme and masterfully saves some suffocating close-ups. Casas deserves the Goya that has always eluded him.
‘Rosa’s wedding’. In a terrifying year for theaters, it is one of the few Spanish titles that has combined critical recognition and commerciality.
Iciar Bollaín. She already has two Goyas for ‘I give you my eyes’, but it is time to reward her status as a pioneer and her eye when it comes to capturing current events in her films.
Candela Peña. His fourth Goya would come at a sweet time, with the second season of ‘Hierro’ just released and great popularity among young people thanks to ‘The Resistance’.
Mario Casas. Although it may seem like a lie, it is the first nomination for an actor who has been fighting for a long time to be taken seriously and thus erase his image as a teenage sex symbol.