Mexico / The film “Pain and Glory” and the series “The Paper House” were the winners of the VII edition of the Xcaret Platinum Awards for Latin American Cinema, whose list of winners was made public this Monday on YouTube due to the impossibility of celebrating a gala for the coronavirus pandemic.
During a reading of winners full of nostalgia for the face-to-face galas of past editions and with a fast pace without applause or emotional speeches, the Spanish productions have taken the recognition of this celebration to the union of Ibero-American cinema.
The production “Pain and Glory” has been the winner in the sections of best film, directing, screenplay, male performer (Antonio Banderas), original music and editing direction.
Pedro Almodóvar‘s name was repeated twice: for best direction and best script.
The filmmaker adds these awards to the one he already got in 2017, when he won Platinum for best direction for “Julieta”.
Likewise, the film had already been recognized in numerous festivals, after being selected to represent Spain in the Oscars and obtaining seven statuettes in the Goya Awards of the 15 to which it was eligible.
For its part, the series “The Paper House”, by Netflix, has won the award for best Ibero-American miniseries or film series and has also won the best male performance in series (Álvaro Morte) and, in a new category, the best female performance as a serial cast (Alba Flores).
Along with Banderas as best actor, Brazilian Carol Duarte has won the award for best female performance for her participation in the movie “A vida Invisível”
In addition to Morte as best actor in a miniseries or series, Cecilia Suárez has won the same award in the female category for her performance in “La casa de las flores” and, along with Flores as best female performance in a series cast, Gerardo Romano has won the corresponding prize for his participation in “El Marginal III”.
“The awakening of the ants” (Antonella Sudassasi’s first feature film) has won the Platinum award for cinema and education in values, Salvador Simó’s feature film, “Buñuel in the labyrinth of turtles”, has been awarded as best animated film and “Democracia em Vertigem”, by the Brazilian Petra Costa, has won Platinum for the best documentary film.
Far from the Riviera Maya
The VII edition of the Xcaret Platinum Awards for Ibero-American cinema, which was finally held in a virtual way presented by the Mexican Omar Chaparro and the Colombian Majida Issa, would have been the third consecutive edition in which the event was held at the Gran Tlachco Theater in Xcaret (Riviera Maya).
However, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the gala scheduled for May 3 could not take place in person.
In the video that opened the awards ceremony, businessman Enrique Cerezo, director of the company Egeda, creator of the Xcaret Platinum Awards, has described the stage that the world is going through by COVID-19 as “a bad dream we want wake”.
In addition, it has shown gratitude and recognition to the nearly 1,000 audiovisual and film productions that participated this year.
Similarly, Issa and Chaparro have assured that they will be delighted, if possible, to be at the VIII edition of the awards in 2021, which will take place, as planned for this year, in the Riviera Maya.
“Surely we will do something better than we had prepared, and that was quite incredible,” said the actor and Mexican humorist.
The Platinum films are promoted by the Audiovisual Producers Rights Management Entity (Egeda), together with the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers (Fipca), and have the objective of promoting Ibero-American cinema. (June 30, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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