Playa del Carmen (Mexico), May 13 (EFE) .- After having triumphed in the Oscars, the Bafta and the Goya, this Sunday was the Ibero-American film industry that encumbed “Roma”, the Mexican Alfonso Cuarón, with five Platinum Awards, including the best film and best director.
Everything seemed to presage that this would be another sweet night for the Mexican film, since it started off as a big favorite with nine nominations and did not disappoint when taking five statuettes in the 6th edition of the Ibero-American Film Platinum Awards, held in the Riviera Maya, in the Caribbean Mexican, for the second consecutive year.
Besides being considered the best Ibero-American film of the year and recognizing the work of Cuarón as best director, the film also took the Platinum for best script, best cinematography and best direction of sound.
Although Cuarón did not attend the gala, producer Nicolás Celis thanked the award for best film in his name and exclaimed: “Live the cinema, live Mexico and much more quality cinema for everyone.”
“Roma”, an autobiographical film by Cuarón, portrays the life of a middle-class family in Mexico in the 1970s and the relationship it has with their domestic employee, Cleo, an indigenous woman played by the acclaimed Yalitza Aparicio.
Cuarón’s work won the Oscars this year for best foreign film, best photography and best direction, consolidating the success of Mexican directors in the US awards.
In addition, made history to be nominated by the Hollywood Academy for both best film and best foreign film, and has opened a strong debate on the role of indigenous people in Mexican society thanks to the masterful interpretation of Aparicio.
However, neither Yalitza Aparicio nor Marina de Tavira, both nominated for best actress for “Roma”, took the statuette, which went to the hands of Paraguayan Ana Brun for her participation in “The heiresses.”
Brun, who was retired from the stage, won for this film the Silver Bear for the best actress in the Berlinale and it has been a jump to stardom after a career centered mainly in the theater.
This film directed by Marcelo Martinessi tells the story of two women descendants of wealthy families who begin to lose their fortune and are involved in a fraud.
When the statuette was collected, the Paraguayan woman dedicated the award to the actors and producers of her country who work “with few resources but with a lot of talent”.
Spain also left a deep mark on this edition of the Platinum with the award for best actor for Antonio de la Torre, star of “The Kingdom”, and the best television series, which was for “Arde Madrid”, by Paco León and Anna R. Costa.
“It’s the third time I’ve come to Mexico, I hope there will be more and it will be to work,” De la Torre said when picking up the statue, ending with “Viva Iberoamérica”
Previously, on the red carpet, the Spanish actor explained to Efe that “The night of 12 years”, which also stars and addresses the repression suffered by Pepe Mujica during the Uruguayan dictatorship, is “a universal story” because it speaks of “deep things” of the human being. “
“Arde Madrid”, which narrates the life of actress Ava Gardner during her residency in Madrid in the 60s, beat a great rival, the hit Mexican comedy “La casa de las flores”.
“This project has been hard and intense but also rewarding, thanks to Movistar +, this shows that there is life after Netflix,” said Paco León, co-director of the series.
Mexico did take the statuettes to better interpretations of the soap opera, which were for Diego Luna, from “Narcos: Mexico”, and for Cecilia Suárez, from “La casa de las flores”, which was also the host of the gala along with the Spanish Santiago Segura.
The film “Champions”, Goya award for best film this year, won the Platinum Education in Values Award for addressing intellectual disabilities, while the best documentary was for the Spanish film “El silencio de los otros”, about the struggle for the justice of the victims of Francoism.
The prize for best animated film fell into the hands of the Spanish “Un día más con vida”, directed by Raúl de la Fuente, while the awards for best original music and editing direction went to the Spanish “Yuli” and “The kingdom”.
One of the most emotional moments of the night was when the Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta excited Yalitza Aparicio by offering him a dahlia as a token of his admiration.
Immediately afterwards, both actors asked the attendees to hold up their hands as a symbol of camaraderie among the men and women involved in the world of cinema.
But the usual tone of the gala was humor, with jokes corseted by the Spanish Santiago Segura for an event that stayed further from the claims
But the usual tone of the gala was humor, with jokes corseted by the Spaniard Santiago Segura for an event that stayed farther from the political demands than in previous years.
Only the incombustible Raphael, winner of the Platinum Honor Award for his artistic career since the 60s, managed to put the audience on its feet with his mythical “I am that one” to turn the event into his “great night”.