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The Feroz Awards smile on Pedro Almodóvar

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- Pain & Glory has comfortably come out on top during the 7th awards ceremony organised just outside Madrid by the Spanish Association of Film Journalists, scooping six gongs

The Feroz Awards smile on Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar with three of the Feroz Awards that he won last night with Pain & Glory (© Feroz Awards)

With her dazzling aura, Penélope Cruz, the most famous resident of Alcobendas, a city just outside Madrid, shone bright last night during the ceremony for the seventh Feroz Awards, which are handed out every year by the Spanish Association of Film Journalists - AICE. Coincidentally, the ceremony took place in her home town, and there, her friend, maestro Pedro Almodóvar, comfortably came out on top with his latest work, Pain & Glory [+see also:
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interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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]
, which bagged six trophies: Best Drama Film, Best Supporting Actress (Julieta Serrano), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor (Antonio Banderas) and Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias, who previously snagged the same prize exactly one year ago, for Quién te cantará [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Vermut
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]
).

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In one of his acceptance speeches, “Pedro the Great” – as he is called by some of his legions of fans – pointed out that the Feroz was the first award that his most recent film (which is in the running for two Oscars at the impending edition) has pocketed on its own merits in Spain. Let’s not forget that at the recent Forqué Awards, it was only Banderas who was recognised for his work in the feature (see the news).

Without a doubt, the other big winner of last night was Enric Auquer, who took two gongs home to his native Catalonia: Best Supporting Actor for both a film and a television series. These extremely well-deserved trophies thus went to the big breakthrough talent of last year, who gave incredible performances in Eye for an Eye [+see also:
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]
, the brilliant movie by Paco Plaza, as well as in the entertaining series Vida perfecta (read the review) by Leticia Dolera.

In addition to an honorary prize for siblings Julia and Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, the 2020 Feroz Awards showered praise upon Belén Cuesta as Best Lead Actress (for The Endless Trench [+see also:
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interview: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño an…
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]
), illustrator Miguel Navia for the nostalgia-tinged poster for El crack cero [+see also:
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interview: José Luis Garci
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]
and Miguel Ángel Trudu – who also won this statuette one year ago – for his part in creating the trailer for Adiós [+see also:
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interview: Paco Cabezas
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]
, the murky thriller by Seville-born Paco Cabezas.

The (Silent) War [+see also:
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]
, a western directed by Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas, picked up the Special Feroz Award for a movie deserving of a better run in commercial cinemas. Meanwhile, Advantages of Travelling by Train [+see also:
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by Aritz Moreno was voted Best Comedy of 2019, and The Hidden City [+see also:
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interview: Víctor Moreno
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]
, the fascinating doc by Víctor Moreno, was crowned Best Documentary. Lastly, it is worth noting that last night’s event was attended by the new Minister of Culture and Sport, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, who was recently appointed to the position by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

Here is the list of award winners:

Best Drama Film
Pain & Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]
Pedro Almodóvar

Best Comedy
Advantages of Travelling by Train [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
– Aritz Moreno

Best Director
Pedro Almodóvar – Pain & Glory

Best Lead Actress
Belén Cuesta – The Endless Trench [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño an…
film profile
]
(Spain/France)

Best Lead Actor
Antonio Banderas – Pain & Glory

Best Supporting Actress
Julieta Serrano – Pain & Glory

Best Supporting Actor
Enric Auquer Eye for an Eye [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paco Plaza
film profile
]

Best Screenplay
Pedro Almodóvar – Pain & Glory

Best Documentary
The Hidden City [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Víctor Moreno
film profile
]
– Víctor Moreno (Spain/France/Germany)

Best Original Score
Pain & Glory Alberto Iglesias

Best Trailer
Miguel Ángel Trudu – Adiós [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paco Cabezas
film profile
]

Best Poster
Miguel Navia – El crack cero [+see also:
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trailer
interview: José Luis Garci
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]

Special Feroz
The (Silent) War [+see also:
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]
– Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas

Honorary Feroz
Julia Gutiérrez Caba and Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

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(Translated from Spanish)

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