El Ciudadano Ilustre won Best Film at
The Spanish- Argentinian co-production took home the award for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay, while Un monstruo viene a verme (A Monster Calls) won in four categories: Editing, Production Design, Cinematography and Sound
Pedro Almodovar was distinguished as Best Director for Julieta; Sonia Braga, for Aquarius, won for Best Leading Actress and Oscar Martínez for Leading Actor.
Edward James Olmos received the PLATINO Lifetime Achievment Award and highlighted in his acceptance speech the relevance of these awards as ‘an international platform for our films, actors, directors and producers’
The 5th Annual Premios PLATINO of IberAmerican Film will be held in Cancún (México)
The Spanish-Argentinian co-production, El Ciudadano Ilustre, directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, received the PLATINO award for best Best Ibero-American Film during the gala in Madrid. The film also won in the categories of Best Leading Actor (Oscar Martínez) and Best Screenplay (Andrés Duprat).
Another winner of the night was Un monstruo viene a verme (A Monster Calls). The film directed by J.A. Bayona succeeded in all four technical categories: The PLATINO awards for editing, production design, cinematography, and sound.
Julieta by Pedro Almodovar went home with two statuettes Best Director and Best Original Score by three time Academy Award nominee, Alberto Iglesias.
Best Leading Actress went to Sonia Braga, for Aquarius. This is the second PLATINO award for her after she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the first Annual Premios PLATINO in Panama. The Lifetime Achievement Award this year was bestowed upon Edward James Olmos. His extensive and solid career combined with strong presence in the Latino community helped earn him this recognition. He did not fail to mention: “We needed an international platform like the Premios PLATINO to help our films beyond borders. This is an international platform for our films, actors, directors, and producers”.
This outstanding gala was broadcast to over 80 million homes with the collaboration of 17 television stations. The show was hosted by Spanish comedian Carlos Latre and Uruguayan Actress and Singer Natalia Oreiro.
Additional winners last night were Psiconautas Los Niños Olvidados by Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero, which took home the PLATINO for Best Animated Film. Nacido en Siria, from Hernán Zin was awarded the PLATINO for Best Documentary Film. Desde allá, from the Venezuelan Lorenzo Vigas won the PLATINO for Best Debut Film. The PLATINO for Education in Cinema Values went to the Spanish- Cuban film Esteban, by Jonal Cosculluela.
One of the main novelties of this year’s ceremony was the introduction of the category for Best T.V. Mini-Series and Best Ibero-American T.V. Series. The winner was another Hispanic-Cuban co-production: Cuatro estaciones en la Habana starring Jorge Perugorría and Juana Acosta who were both present at the gala.
More than 350 journalists from different countries were accredited, demonstrating their interest in highlighting the global interest in Ibero-American cinema. Stars such as John Leguizamo, Rossy de Palma, Rob Schneider, Geraldine Chaplin, Antonia Zegers, Luisana Lopilato, Paulina García, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, and many others participated in the award show.
The Venezuelan writer Boris Izaguirre presented the five Best Iber-American Feature Film nominations: Aquarius, El Ciudadano Ilustre, El hombre de las mil caras, Julieta and Neruda. Performers of the gala included Gente de Zona, Miguel Bosé, Los del Rio, India Martínez, Sofía Reyes, Abel Pintos y Arkano. Guests who made appearances on the red carpet included Imanol Arias, Kate del Castillo, Asier Etxeandia, Oscar Jaenada, Jackie Cruz, John Ortiz, Darío Grandinetti, Clara Lago and Amaia Salamanca.
Cancún will host the 5th Edition of the PLATINO Awards.
During the gala at the Caja Mágica, the location of next year’s awards was announced. The awards in 2018 will be held in Cancún, Mexico, one of the world capitals of tourism. This will be the third time Premios PLATINO will travel to the Americas, after Panama in in 2014 and Punta del Este (Uruguay) in 2016.
With only four editions so far, the PLATINO awards for Ibero-American films has become the most popular event of Spanish and Portuguese filmmaking that encompasses all of the Ibero-American audiovisual industry: 23 countries united in one common project. Organized by EGEDA with FIPCA, the awards were born in 2014 with intentions of becoming the most important promotional event for Ibero-American cinema.
The PLATINO Awards are promoted by EGEDA (Agency for the Management of Audiovisual Producers’ Rights), with FIPCA (Ibero-American Federation of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Producers) with the support of Latin American Academies and Institutes. Latin Artist and the foundation AISGE have been working since 2014 to gain greater visibility for Ibero-American cinema in the world and to have the distribution it deserves at an international level.