Fourteen film presented at the San Sebastian Film Festival in the last two years have gathered 51 nominations at the III Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, promoted by the Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Association (EGEDA) and the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audio-visual Producers (FIPCA). San Sebastian Film Festival therefore gains strength as the place for most interesting Latinoamerican features.
Truman, premiered in the Official Section at the 63rd Film Festival and winner of the Silver Shell, ex aequo, for the actors Ricardo Darin y Javier Cámara, is competing in five categories: best Ibero-American fiction film, best director (Cesc Gay), best screenplay (Cesc Gay & Tomàs Aragay) and, jointly, best actor (Ricardo Darin & Javier Cámara).
Two of the most outstanding films in the list of nominees took part in Films in Progress 26 in 2014 and were selected in Horizontes Latinos in 2015. Following its premiere at Berlin, Ixcanul, by Jayro Bustamante, Films in Progress 26 Industry Award Special Mention, is vying for best Ibero-American feature, best art direction, best cinematography, best sound editing, and is competing with Magallanes, Films in Progress 26 Industry Award,in the screenplay, original score and film editing categories, as well as for the Camilo Vives Platino Award for best Ibero-American first feature. Salvador del Solar’s film is also contesting the best actor award (Damián Alcázar).
Paulina, Horizontes Award, EZAE Youth Award and TVE – Another Look Award at the 63rd Film Festival, following its screening at Cannes, is nominated in two categories: best actress (Dolores Fonzi) and best sound editing. El abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent), also selected in Horizontes Latinos, following its premiere at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, has received eight nominations: best Ibero-American fiction film, best director (Ciro Guerra), best screenplay (Ciro Guerra & Jacques Toulemonde), best original score, best film editing, best art direction, best cinematography and best sound editing. El club (The Club), Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at Berlin,is competing in six categories: best Ibero-American fiction film, best director (Pablo Larraín), best screenplay (Pablo Larraín, Guillermo Calderón & Daniel Villalobos), best actor (Alfredo Castro), best actress (Antonia Zegers) and best cinematography (Sergio Armstrong).
Other important Ibero-American films were screened at the Horizontes Latinos section are also competing for awards this year: El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button), by Patricio Guzmán, Silver Bear for Best Script, is nominated for best documentary, and 600 millas (600 miles), by Gabriel Ripstein, following its premiere at Berlin’s Panorama, for the Camilo Vives Platino Award for best first Ibero-American fiction film. Alonso Ruizpalacios’s film Güeros, Premio Horizontes Award and Youth Award at the 62nd Festival, is also nominated for best director.
The film La novia (The Bride), by Paula Ortiz, which had its world premiere in the Zabaltegi section, is competing in the best actress (Inma Cuesta), best art direction and best cinematography categories.Two films that were also presented in Zabaltegi, Allende mi abuelo Allende (Beyond My Grandfather Allende), by Marcia Tambutti Allende, after being screened at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, and The Propaganda Game, by Álvaro Longoria, are competing for the best documentary award. For its part, El desconocido (Retribution), a film by Dani de la Torre, which following its premiere at Venice Days was shown at the Velodrome, is competing for the Camilo Vives Platino Award for best first Ibero-American fiction film and for the best film editing and best sound editing awards.
Finally, another of the great favourites at this year’s Platino Awards is Pablo Trapero’s film, El Clan (The Clan), that was premiered in Spain as part of the Pearls section, after being screened at the Venice Film Festival. It has received six nominations: best Ibero-American feature, best director, best actor (Guillermo Francella), best editing, best art direction and best sound editing.
The third Platino Ibero-American Film Awards Ceremony will be held on the 24th of July in Punta del Este (Uruguay).