“Creatura” and “Saben Aquell” Dominate Gaudí Award Nominations

Excitement and anticipation are at an all-time high in the Catalan film industry, as the films“Creatura“, directed by Elena Martín, and“Saben Aquell“, by David Trueba, lead the nominations at the 16th edition of the Gaudí Awards, given by the Catalan Film Academy. These two outstanding films accumulated fifteen and thirteen nominations, respectively, announced at a special event at the emblematic La Pedrera Auditorium, designed by the architect Gaudí.

Accompanied by the talented actors Vicky Luengo and Pol Lopez, winners of the year

Last year, in the category of best leading performance for “Suro”, the nominations in the 25 categories of the awards were revealed. This edition sets a record in the history of the Gaudí Awards, with a total of 70 Catalan productions competing in various categories, reflecting the vitality and quality of the local film industry.

Audience Favorite: “Creatura” and “Saben Aquell”.

“Creatura“, directed by Elena Martín and winner of the Quinzaine des Cinéastes award at the Cannes Film Festival, leads the nominations with fifteen mentions, while “Saben Aquell”, David Trueba’s intimate portrait of the legendary comedian Eugenio, follows closely behind with thirteen nominations. Both films promise to be leading contenders at the awards gala.

A Harvest of Outstanding Films

In addition to“Creatura” and“Saben Aquell,” other films also stand out with a significant number of nominations.“20,000 Species of Bees” receives nine nominations, “One Love” with eight, and both “The Teacher Who Promised the Sea” and “The Movie Counter” have six nominations each.

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

A notable trend in this edition is the growing presence of women finalists in the different categories, with 57% of candidates being women compared to 43% men. This reflects the Catalan film industry’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Featured Categories

In the Best Catalan Language Film category, four outstanding productions are competing, including “Creatura”, “Saben Aquell”, “Els Encantats” and “La Imagen Permanente”. On the other hand, the Best Non-Catalan Language Film category includes “20,000 Species of Bees”, “Un Amor”, “The Teacher Who Promised the Sea” and “Upon Entry (La Llegada)”.

J.A. Bayona’s film,“The Snow Society“, absent in the Catalan production categories, will be eligible for the Gaudí for Best European Film, competing with other outstanding films from the continent.

Directing, Acting and More

The Best Director, Best Female and Male Acting and Supporting Acting categories also promise fierce competition with a variety of talented filmmakers and actors in contention.

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Original Music and Television Films

Original music and television films also received recognition in the nominations, highlighting the musical talent and quality of television production in Catalonia.

The voting period for the Gaudí Awards starts today and will remain open until January 29, 2024. Anticipation is at an all-time high as the Catalan film industry prepares to celebrate the year’s outstanding achievements.

Gaudí Awards, awarded by the Catalan Film Academy

Recognizing exceptional talent and creativity in the film industry, the Gaudí Awards are prestigious honors presented annually by the Catalan Film Academy. Celebrating the best of Catalan cinema, these awards highlight the diversity of talent, stories and technical brilliance within the Catalan film industry.

The History of the Gaudí Awards

Established in 2009, the Gaudí Awards were created to promote and recognize outstanding achievements in the Catalan film industry. Named in honor of legendary architect Antoni Gaudí, whose unique and artistic style continues to inspire filmmakers, these awards have grown in stature and influence, becoming an important event on the Catalan cultural calendar.

The Gaudí Awards ceremony features exceptional films, talented actors, visionary directors and expert technicians who have contributed to the growth and development of the film industry in Catalonia. With categories ranging from Best Picture to Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Original Score, these awards cover a broad spectrum of artistic excellence.

Each year, a dedicated jury of film professionals, critics and industry experts carefully evaluates the films submitted and selects the nominees for each category. Its rigorous evaluation process ensures that only the most deserving individuals and films are included in the list of final nominees.

Celebrating Catalan Cinema

The Gaudí Awards not only aim to recognize excellence, but also to promote Catalan cinema worldwide. By celebrating the achievements of local filmmakers, actors and technicians, the awards help raise the profile of Catalan cinema internationally, attracting audiences and industry professionals from around the world.

In addition, the Gaudí Awards ceremony serves as a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work, facilitating networking opportunities and fostering collaborations within the industry. Through these connections, the Catalan film industry can continue to grow and produce captivating stories that captivate audiences around the world.

An Evening of Glamour and Achievement

The annual Gaudi Awards ceremony is a glamorous event, where film professionals, actors and industry insiders gather to toast the achievements of their colleagues. The red carpet is adorned with the finest designer creations as attendees walk down the star-studded path, creating an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation.

In the auditorium, the atmosphere is electric as the awards ceremony begins. The master of ceremonies takes the stage, welcomes the audience and introduces the presenters who will announce the winners in each category. The tension increases when the envelope is opened, revealing the name of the award winner, who is applauded and recognized.

Some notable winners from previous editions of the Gaudí Awards include iconic Catalan actress Laia Marull, visionary director Isabel Coixet and the acclaimed film “Pa negre” (Black Bread). These winners, along with many other talented individuals and films, have left an indelible mark on the history of Catalan cinema.

A Platform for Catalan Culture

The Gaudí Awards go beyond simply honoring cinematographic achievements. They also serve as a platform to celebrate and showcase Catalan culture in all its forms. From the unique language and traditions to the rich history and passion for the arts, these awards encapsulate the essence of Catalonia.

Throughout the ceremony, glimpses of Catalan heritage can be seen and experienced, from presentations of traditional music to the use of the Catalan language in acceptance speeches. The Gaudí Awards are proud to promote and preserve the cultural diversity and artistic legacy that Catalonia has to offer.

Advancing with Excellence

As the Gaudí Awards continue to grow and gain recognition, they play a crucial role in strengthening the Catalan film industry. Through the recognition of talented individuals, the awards inspire future generations of filmmakers, actors and technicians to strive for excellence and push the boundaries of creativity.

Looking ahead, the Gaudí Awards will undoubtedly continue to evolve, adapting to the ever-changing landscape of the film industry. With each passing year, these awards will honor outstanding achievements while embracing innovation and diversity.

For the Catalan film industry, the Gaudí Awards are not only an award, but also a symbol of the vibrant cultural heritage and creative spirit that defines Catalonia. As the lights dim and the curtains close on each ceremony, the legacy of these awards shines brightly, leaving an indelible mark on the history of Catalan cinema.