The Bill Nighy and Emily Mortimer film halted an expected sweep by Basque movie ‘Giant.’
The Bookshop was named best Spanish film of 2017 at Saturday’s Spanish Film Academy Goya Awards, beating out Giant, which had appeared well on its way to the top prize after garnering 10 awards earlier in the evening.
Veteran filmmaker Isabel Coixet took the best director award for The Bookshop, the story of a young woman, played by Emily Mortimer, who tries to make a success of the bookstore she opens in a seaside English village.
Coixet also won the award for best adapted screenplay.for the movie, which was filmed in English and also stars Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson. The film will have its international premiere this month at the Berlin Film Festival.
As the evening progressed, it appeared Giant would sweep the awards as it racked up wins in such technical categories as editing, wardrobe, cinematography, special effects and others. The Basque-language film, directed by Aitor Arregi and Jon Garano, recounts the true story of a young man suffering from gigantism who is taken around Europe by his brother to be displayed as a freak.
Its star, Eneko Sagardoy, who played the giant, won the Goya statuette for best new actor.
After last year’s Goya Awards swerved away from the practice of previous years’ political commentary on controversial issues by presenters, this edition championed women’s rights, especially in the film industry. In a colorful and very Spanish nod to the worldwide movement to empower women and end sexual abuse that was triggered by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, female attendees carried red fans emblazoned with the slogan “#+Mujeres.”
Audience members fluttered their fans and cheered when in her speech Academy vp Nora Navas said, “From today and forever, the Spanish Film Academy will champion equality, respect and opportunity for women.
“It’s not enough to put us in front of the camera. We also need to be directors, editors, scriptwriters, sound technicians and cinematographers until we match the numbers of men,” she told the audience.
Penelope Cruz presented the best film prize along with director Carlos Saura. Cruz and her husband, Javier Bardem, were up for best actor and best actress awards for their roles opposite each other in Loving Pablo, but lost out to Nathalie Poza, for No Se Decir Adios, and Javier Gutierrez for El Autor, respectively.
A complete list of winners follows:
Isabel Coixet for The Bookshop
Carla Simon for Summer 1993
Aitor Arregi, Andoni de Carlos, Jon Garano, Jose Maria Goenaga for Giant
Isabel Coixet for The Bookshop
Pascal Gaigne for Giant
“Leiva” by Alexi Delano for La Llamada
Javier Gutierrez for El Autor
Nathalie Poza for No Se Decir Adios
David Verdaguer for Summer 1993
Adelfa Calvo for El Autor
Eneko Sagardoy for Giant
Bruna Cusí for Summer 1993
Ander Sistiago for Giant
Javier Agirre for Giant
Laurent Dufreche, Raul Lopez for Giant
Mikel Serrano for Giant
Saioa Lara for Giant
Makeup and Hair
Ainhoa Eskisabel, Olga Cruz, Gorka Aguirre for Giant
Aitor Berenguer for Veronica
David Heras, Jon Serrano for Giant
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The Square by Ruben Ostlund
Madre by Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Los Desheredados by Laura Ferrées
Woody & Woody by Jaume Carrio