Several of the films from 2016’s Festival are competing for the Gaudí, Goya, Academy & BAFTA Awards
The best in genre –seen in Sitges– secures a spot among the lists of nominees for different awards soon to be given. The presence of fantastic cinema is evident in the current picture, with numerous films that are supported by both spectators and critics.
On Sunday, January 29th, the red carpet at the Gaudí Awards will be welcoming this year’s most outstanding Catalan productions. The two films with the most Catalan Cinema Academy award nominations could both be enjoyed at Sitges 2017: La Propera Pell (The Next Skin) and A Monster Calls. The first, directed by Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo, has 14 nominations that have made it the big favorite. J.A. Bayona’s film, which students from different schools had a chance to see in Sitges, has 11 nominations. It’s also worth mentioning Carles Torras’ film, Callback –seen at the Festival at a special screening- nominated for best screenplay. The ceremony will take place for the second year running at the Barcelona International Convention Center, located at the Forum.
A Monster Calls has also obtained 12 nominations for the Goya Awards, to be held on Saturday, February 4th in Madrid. The thriller Que Dios nos Perdone, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, is competing with 6 nominations, among them best feature length film, a category in which it will be running against the films The Fury of a Patient Man, El hombre de las mil caras (The Man With a Thousand Faces), Julieta and the abovementioned film by Bayona. Emma Suárez will be representing La Propera Pell at the Film Academy awards, with her nomination as supporting actress, the only one obtained by this film.
Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve, has secured a place for itself at the Academy Awards within the predominance of La La Land, the big favorite. The Canadian film –seen in Sitges at a special screening– has obtained 7 nominations including all the main categories, with the exception of Amy Adams, one of the most notable absences on the list of candidates for best leading actress. It is also worth noting the presence of Hell or High Water, directed by David Mackenzie, up for 4 important awards and that was one of the big bets at Sitges 2016.
Both Villeneuve and Mackenzie’s films appear among the BAFTA nominations, the British Academy awards, with 4 and 2 nominations, respectively. One of the big surprises in Sitges, the co-production between the United Kingdom and Iran, Under the Shadow, directed by Babak Anvari, has been nominated as best foreign language film.