Monday, July 24, 2017


By José Alberto Hermosillo
The PLATINO AWARDS were handed to the best of the Ibero-American film productions in an exquisite gala celebrated Saturday night in Madrid, Spain.

Eugenio Derbez ("Instructions Not Included") jokes about winning Platino at an LA press conference in 2015.
File Photo by Jose Hermosillo © 2017 FESTIVAL IN LA
The recipients of the Platino Awards are from Spain, Brazil, the USA, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and the rest of Ibero-America. They represent the richness of the Latino culture in the world.

The legendary personalities in the Latino Film Industry who won an award during the exciting evening were: Pedro Almodovar, Sonia Braga, Edward James Olmos, Eugenio Caballero, and the music composer Alberto Iglesias.
The Platino Award  Ceremony © 2017 Platino Awards
The Spanish-Argentinean co-production “The Distinguished Citizen/El Ciudadano Ilustre,” directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, received the Platino Award for Best Ibero-American Film and two other prestigious awards.
For the first time, a film in the English language was considered for the awards, “A Monster Calls.” A film made by the Spanish visionary director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible,” “The Orphanage,” and in post-production “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”).
"A Monster Calls" production team and their Platino Award © 2017 Platino Awards.
The British-Spanish-American co-production took home four technical awards, including Best Production Design for Mexican-born Oscar winner Eugenio Caballero (“Pan’s Labyrinth/El laberinto del Fauno”).
 Platino Award  Ceremony © 2017 Platino Awards
The fourth edition of the Platino Awards represented 23 countries that submitted their films for consideration. The Spanish productions and co-productions wiped out the prizes in almost every category.


The Platino Award Winners © 2017 Platino Awards

Best Ibero-American Film: “The Distinguished Citizen/El Ciudadano Ilustre,” Argentina-Spain.
Pedro Almodovar and his Platino Award © 2017 Platino Awards
Best Director: Pedro Almodovar, for Julieta.”
 Oscar Martinez and his Platino Award © 2017 Platino Awards
Best Leading Actor: Oscar Martínez, for “The Distinguished Citizen/El Ciudadano Ilustre,” Argentina-Spain.
Sonia Braga and her Platino Award © 2017 Platino Awards
Best Leading Actress: Sonia Braga, for “Aquarius,” Brazil.

Best Screenplay: Andrés Duprat, for “The Distinguished Citizen,” Argentina-Spain.
Best Editing: Jaume Marti and Bernat Villaplana, for “A Monster Calls.”
Best Production Design: Eugenio Caballero, for “A Monster Calls.”
Best Cinematography: Oscar Faura, for “A Monster Calls.”
Best Sound: A Monster Calls.”
Best Original Score: Alberto Iglesias, for “Julieta,” Spain.
Best Animated Film“Birdboy: The Forgotten Children/Psiconautas Los Niños Olvidados,” directed by Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero, Spain.
"Born in Syria" Best Documentary:, directed by Hernán Zin. © 2017 Platino Awards
Best Documentary Film: “Born in Syria/Nacido en Siria,” directed by Hernán Zin, Denmark-Spain. 
Best Debut Film: Desde allá/From Afar,” directed by Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela/Mexico.

The PLATINO for Education in Cinema Values: Esteban,” directed by Jonal Cosculluela, Spain-Cuba.
Best TV Mini-Series and Best Ibero-American T.V. Series: Cuatro estaciones en la Habana,” starring Jorge Perugorría and Juana Acosta, Spain-Cuba. 
Lifetime Achievement Award: Edward James Olmos
 © 2017 Platino Awards
The Lifetime Achievement Award: Edward James Olmos. 

Hosted by Spanish comedian Carlos Latre and Uruguayan actress and singer Natalia Oreiro, the Platino gala was broadcast to over 80 million homes with the collaboration of 17 television and cable stations.

We hope that shortly more categories could be added - such as Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress, best original song, short live-action short animated film, and best technological achievement.

To reach a bigger audience, it will be helpful to host screenings of some of the nominated films (best picture, documentaries, and animations) in selected cities and invite the audience of some of the participant countries just to assist in the much-needed distribution of such worthy films.

The Platino Award Ceremony announcing in Madrid that Mexico will be hosting the next Award Ceremony © 2017 Platino Awards

The last big announcement of the night was given at the end; the following hosting city of the Platino Awards will be Cancun, Mexico, one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations.

Filmmakers and film lovers will meet again for the fifth time in the Mayan Rivier in the summer of 2018 to honor the best works of Ibero-America.


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