Eight films presented at the San Sebastian Festival bagged eighteen Goya Awards at the gala held yesterday in Malaga. Two Basque productions, Akelarre and Ane, which premiered at the last edition of the Festival, won eight awards.
Akelarre, directed by Pablo Agüero, which competed in the Official Selection, landed the awards for best original music (Aranzazu Calleja and Maite Arroitajauregi), production design (Mikel Serrano), special effects (Mariano Garcia Marty and Ana Rubio), costume design (Nerea Torrijos) and make-up and hairdressing (Beatushka Wojtowicz and Ricardo Molina). Quantitatively, Akelarre was the film that won the most awards at the ceremony: five.
Ane (Ane Is Missing) by David Pérez Sañudo, selected in New Directors and winner of the Irizar Award for Best Basque Film, received the awards for Best Leading Actress (Patricia López Arnaiz), Best Female Newcomer (Jone Laspiur) and Best Adapted Screenplay for David Pérez Sañudo and Marina Parés Pulido.
The Father, presented at Perlak after being presented at Sundance and Toronto, and winning the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award for Best Film, received the Best European Film award.
Sentimental (The People Upstairs), by Cesc Gay, premiered at the RTVE Gala, received the award for Best Supporting Actor (Alberto San Juan).
La gallina turuleca (Turu, the Wacky Hen), directed by Víctor Monigote and Eduardo Gondell, which premiered at the Velodrome in the 67th edition, won the Goya for Best Animated Film.
Las niñas (Schoolgirls), which participated in Made in Spain after premiering at the Berlinale and receiving accolades in Malaga, was the winner of the night with four Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best New Director and Original Screenplay for Pilar Palomero, and Best Cinematography, which went to a woman, Daniela Cajías, for the first time. Likewise, La boda de Rosa (Rosa's Wedding), also presented at Made in Spain after its screening at the Malaga Film Festival, won the awards for Best Supporting Actress (Nathalie Poza) and Best Original Song (Rozalén).