MEXICO CITY – Pedro Almodovar’s “Dolor y gloria” (Pain and Glory) and the popular Netflix series “La Casa de Papel” (Money Heist) dominated the seventh edition of the Platino Xcaret Awards for Ibero-American Cinema, whose list of winners was made public via YouTube on Monday.
Unlike in past editions when the winners soaked in the applause of the crowd and gave emotional acceptance speeches, this year’s list of prize recipients was read quickly over the Internet after the awards gala was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ceremony had been scheduled to be held on May 3 at Gran Tlachco Theater in Mexico’s Riviera Maya tourism and resort district, the venue for the 2018 and 2019 editions.
Spanish productions racked up most of the big awards in both the feature film and series sections.
“Pain and Glory,” a drama about a movie director in his decline, came out on top in the following categories: Best Ibero-American Film, Best Director (Almodovar), Best Screenplay (Almodovar), Best Actor (Antonio Banderas), Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias) and Best Editing (Teresa Font).
Almodovar also received a best-director Platino in 2017 for “Julieta.”
The acclaimed Spanish filmmaker’s latest offering had already been showered with honors prior to Monday, having taken home seven statuettes, including Best Film, at Spain’s Goya Awards and been nominated in the Oscars’ Best International Feature Film category.
Although “Pain and Glory” nearly monopolized all of the major prizes, Carol Duarte was awarded a best-actress Platino for her performance in the Brazilian drama film “A Vida Invisivel” (The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao).
Separately, the third part of “Money Heist,” a Spanish drama television series that was acquired by Netflix in 2017, was honored in the Best Ibero-American Miniseries or TV Series category.
Alvaro Morte, who plays a mastermind in an assault on Madrid’s Royal Mint and Bank of Spain and is the series’ central figure, also was honored with a Platino in the Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Series category.
Another actor in the series, Alba Flores, took home a Platino in a new category: Best Supporting Actress in an Ibero-American Miniseries or TV Series.
The award for Best Actress in an Ibero-American Miniseries or TV Series went to Mexico’s Cecilia Suarez for her role in the black comedy drama series “La Casa de las Flores” (The House of Flowers), while a new award for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Series was conferred on Gerardo Romano for his performance in the third season of the police procedural series “El Marginal.”
Among other awards handed out on Monday, director Salvador Simo’s “Buñuel en el Laberinto de las Tortugas” (Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles), which tells the story of how Spanish-Mexican avant-garde surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel made his third movie, won the award for Best Animated Film.
Petra Costa’s “Democracia em Vertigem” (The Edge of Democracy), a film about Brazil’s turbulent politics of recent years that feature interviews with two ex-presidents, Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was honored in the Best Documentary category.
The seventh edition of the Platino Xcaret Awards for Ibero-American Cinema was hosted by Mexico’s Omar Chaparro and Colombia’s Majida Issa.
The two said they hope to have a new opportunity to host the gala in 2021, when it once again is scheduled to be held in the Riviera Maya.
“I’m sure we’ll do something better than what we had prepared (for this year), and that was quite incredible!” joked Chaparro, a 45-year-old actor and comedian.
The Platino Awards are promoted by the Spain-based Agency for the Management of Audiovisual Producers’ Rights (EGEDA) and the Ibero-American Federation of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Producers (FIPCA).
The purpose of the awards is to increase visibility for Ibero-American cinema.