This coming Saturday, February 10, film lovers will set their sights firmly on the 38th edition of the Goya Awards, to be held from Valladolid, in Spain. Puerto Rico will also be closely watching, as it makes history by having the first Puerto Rican film nominated for such prestigious awards, in the category of Best Ibero-American Film.
Every year, the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (AACCE) celebrates the quality of Spanish cinema with the delivery of the Goya Awards to the best films and professionals in each of the technical and creative specialties that, throughout Throughout its history, whether with the Goya or with its nomination, it has recognized the work of both anonymous technicians and professionals for the general public, as well as great Spanish and international stars.
Emblematic faces of cinema, such as Penelope Cruz, Pedro AlmodovarCarla Simon, Gael Garcia Bernal, Carmen Machi, Elena Anaya, Jose Sacristan, Barbara Lennie, Eduard Fernandez, Marisa Paredes and Susi Sanchez, are just some of those who will present the awards during the Spanish film gala, whose broadcast begins at 7.5 p.m. (CET), 2: 15 pm Puerto Rico time, with a red carpet.
The awards gala, presented by actress Ana Belen and Los Javis (Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo), will be at 10:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. Puerto Rico time, and both events will be broadcast on the RTVE channel, which in Puerto Rico is available for customers with cable TV. Likewise, you can see the live broadcast, via streaming.
It should be noted that “La Pecera” has positioned itself on the global film scene as an independent film, produced with a tiny budget, an obstacle that frequently threatens the country’s film industry, as well as the lack of support and limitations. in incentives.
The drama, whose direction, script and executive production was carried out by the Puerto Rican filmmaker Glorimar Marrero Sanchezthis being her debut feature, stars the actress Isel Rodriguez.
Actors Modesto Lacen, Magali CarrasquilloMaximiliano Rivas, Anamin Santiago and Georgina Borri are part of the cast of “La Pecera”, co-produced by the local production house Canica Films and the Spanish production of Solita Films and Auna Producciones.
The Puerto Rican film, which tells the story of a woman who battles cancer and her right to decide about her life, is competing head-to-head in the Best Ibero-American Film category with “Alma viva” (Portugal), “La memoria infinite” (Chile), “Puan” (Argentina) and “Simon” (Venezuela).
This means that in this 38th edition of the Goya Awards, Puerto Rico is among the cinematographic jewels of Ibero-American nations with consolidated industries such as Argentina, with 19 awards, and Chile, with five films.
The path to the nomination of the five films began on October 24, when the Puerto Rican film was announced as a candidate for nomination with 16 other films that would later be evaluated to make up the five feature films that will compete for the award. Getting into the nomination has already been a huge award for our Puerto Rican cinematography.
A large part of the production and cast of the Puerto Rican film arrived in Spain in recent days to participate in the event, live and in full color.
“We have been celebrating since we arrived at this Goya cycle with our work team,” expressed Glorimar Marrero. On the other hand, the actress Magali Carrasquillo arrived in Madrid in the company of her son. “We are happy and cold. “This is a tremendous emotion,” assured the interpreter of Flora in the film.
Subsequently, they moved to the host city Valladolid, where citizens enjoy a large number of free seats to enjoy the different moments surrounding the Goya experience in Valladolid, ranging from school screenings to meetings with nominees. and others for the screenings at the Carrion Theater, which on February 10 will broadcast the ceremony live for 600 people.
In Valladolid, Marrero is accompanied by Carraquillo, as well as the actors Isel Rodriguez and Modesto Lacen, who are part of the cast. On Friday, the filmmaker participates in a discussion with the other directors nominated in the Best Ibero-American Film category, as part of the AACCE activities.
The film debuted in early 2023 at the coveted Sundance Film Festival, kicking off a fruitful international tour of exhibitions at more than 20 independent film festivals. Thus, it won the award for Best Film in the Global Images category at the Cyprus Film Days (Cyprus), the Grand Jury Prize in the Ibero-American competition at the Seattle International Film Festival (EU), and the Award for Best Film Fiction in the national category of the Puerto Rico Film Festival (Puerto Rico).
At the end of the year, “La Pecera” also obtained an Honorable Mention in the Central American and Caribbean Feature Film Competition, in the Central American and Caribbean film category, at the Costa Rica International Film Festival.
Last December, “La pecera” was awarded in the “Best Latin American Film of the Year” category at the prestigious Forque Awards, in its twenty-ninth edition. The nomination in itself was already historic, as it was the first time that a Puerto Rican film was nominated for these awards.
Part of its international tour was a special presentation in Miami last, December 9, during the event “The Art of Transformation: Global Africa”, which was held within the framework of Miami Art Week activities.
In addition, it was part of the official selection of the 35th edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which was held in California, in January 2024.
1/12 | Celebration at the premiere of “La Pecera” in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican film is currently being shown in more than ten Caribbean Cinemas theaters distributed throughout the island. In the photo, Amarilis Ortiz and Martha Velez. – Nichole Saldarriaga/ Special for El Nuevo Dia