The 34th edition of the Goya Awards, which was held yesterday at the Martín Carpena Sports Palace in Malaga, had two protagonists from Extremadura: the short documentary ‘Our life as refugee children in Europe’, by Silvia Venegas Venegas; and the animated feature ‘Buñuel in the Turtles’ Labyrinth’. The first had achieved his goal, the Goya for best short documentaryand the second picked up a statue for best animated filmof the four he opted for.
‘Our life as refugee children in Europe’ won in a category in which ‘2001 Flashes in the Dark’, by Pedro González Bermúdez, also competed; ‘Hell’, by Raúl de la Fuente; and ‘The European Dream: Serbia’, by Jaime Alekos. While ‘Buñuel in the labyrinth of the turtles’, by Salvador Simó, co-produced by the Extremaduran production company The Glow, Sygnatia and Hampa Studio, as well as the Dutch company Submarine, was compared to ‘Elcano and Magallanes the first trip around the world’ (Elkano Dibulitoon, AIE, Dibulitoon Studio) and ‘Klaus’ (Atresmedia Cine, SLU, Sergio Pablos Animation Studios, SL).
The film, a delicious mix of images from the comic Fermin Solis and stills from the authentic documentary, explores the evolution of a young Luis Buñuel from his surrealist works to the tremendous slap of reality and poverty that was Las Hurdes.
‘Buñuel in the labyrinth of the turtles’, which recreates the documentary by filmmaker Luis Buñuel ‘Las Hurdes. Land Without Bread’ (1933), already won the European Film Award for best animated film a few weeks ago, in addition to great recognition from the major international animation festivals.
The Extremaduran film has not won the statues for best original music, adapted screenplay and best new direction.
José María Fernández de Vega, from the production company The Glow in Almendralejo, dedicated his first words after going on stage to collect the Goya to the cartoonist from Cáceres Fermín Solís, author of the comic on which the animated film is based. She thanked him for his generosity with the project.
He also spoke of the importance that the film has had in another of the challenges he proposed, “we have been able to reconcile Las Hurdes with Buñuel.”
In those moments of emotion he was grateful to Extremadura, “because thanks to all its people and all its institutions, we have been able to fulfill the dream I had since I was little, to dedicate myself to making films from my town, Almendralejo.”
Finally, he wanted to dedicate the statuette to his team, “those people who don’t usually go out to collect awards,” and to his wife and daughters.
After receiving her Goya, Silvia Venegas stressed that “hopefully” we can build “a Spain and a Europe without any child being afraid.”
In his speech, he thanked them for helping them say that “refugee children are first and foremost children and must be protected.” She also shared the award with her fellow nominees and with those who, like her, are dedicated to making social documentary films.
«I wish the films we make could reach more audiences, further away and to more people. This is a way to go further,” he said.
Finally, he said that “this goes to all the protagonists of the short film and all those who did not come forward, who could not give their names because they were afraid that their refugee applications would be affected. “Hopefully we can build a Spain and a Europe in which no child is afraid,” she concluded.
The ceremony of their American counterparts, the Oscars, was inadvertently sneaked into the Goya ceremony. On the red carpet, Pedro Almodóvar revealed that it will be Penélope Cruz who will present the Oscar for best foreign language film in Los Angeles. 20 years ago, the director from La Mancha received the Oscar for best foreign language film for ‘All About My Mother’ from Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, something that could be repeated that year.’ On this occasion, Almodóvar competes with ‘Pain and Glory’ so that historic moment could be repeated when Penélope Cruz shouted that “Pedrooooo!!!!”, which remained in the retina of all the spectators.
Giving it to her again would be “very excited” for the actress, who laughed when Almodóvar revealed that she would be in charge of presenting the Oscar in that category, something that was not known. “It couldn’t be told, he already told it,” the actress said with a laugh upon her arrival at the Martín Carpena.
Another protagonist of yesterday’s gala was Marisol, Pepa Flores, who, as planned, did not attend to receive her Goya of Honor; her daughter, María Esteve, did, and despite her absence, assured that her mother is happy to receive the award. tribute from the Academy.
“We are going to honor her and allow her to enjoy this well-deserved tribute with a calm that she has finally found and that she also deserves,” Esteve said. “She has offered happiness to many people through her work for many years and now she also deserves to find,” a calm, she reiterated, “which does not mean that she is not overjoyed and very happy with this tribute.” .
The most demanding speech of the night was that of the president of the Film Academy, Mariano Barroso, who claimed a “country of coexistence and respect” with which film people identify, and highlighted both the international recognition and the attendance at the rooms, which has given the second best data of the decade.
Barroso, who focused his speech at the 34 Goya Awards gala by expressing his solidarity with those affected in Malaga and on the Mediterranean coast by the floods, assured that 2019 was a good year of attendance at the theaters, but also of international recognition for Spanish cinema.
Recognition like the one received at the Venice Festival by Marta Nieto, the protagonist of ‘Madre’. Or Antonio Banderas in Cannes, and now nominated for an Oscar for ‘Pain and Glory’. Also in Cannes, ‘Lo que arde’, by Oliver Laxe, and ‘Liberté’, by Albert Serra, were awarded.
He thanked all of them for making the talent, realities and dreams of Spain known throughout the world: “because the truth is that if anyone, anywhere, and at any time, wants to know first-hand our reality “The best thing you can do is watch our movies.”
He took the opportunity to announce that the Film Academy is going to declare 2021 Berlanga Year, to celebrate the centenary of his birth. “That will help us understand some of the things we are experiencing in our country lately,” he said.