‘Adú’ and ‘Las chicas’, favorites for the most difficult and international Goya

Salvador Calvo’s “Adú” with 13 nominations and Pilar Palomero’s “Las Chicas” ”with 9 start as favorites in the 35th edition of the Goya Awards. which will be held this Saturday in a hybrid format with Malaga as the face-to-face venue, 166 nominees connected from their homes and messages of support from big Hollywood stars.

It is the greatest organizational challenge in the history of these awards, dependent on telematic connections and the strict application of the anticovid health protocol to all face-to-face participants who will accompany the presenters, María Casado and Antonio Banderas, on the stage of the Soho Theater in Malaga.

To compensate for the physical absence of nominees, Banderas has pulled the agenda and finally the result will be one of the most stellar and international galas of all that have been held to date.

Introducing the nominees and unveiling the winners There will be Pedro Almodóvar, Penélope Cruz, Alejandro Amenábar, Juan Antonio Bayona, Paz Vega, Belén Cuesta, Antonio de la Torre, María Barranco, Najwa Nimri, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Carlos Areces, Julián López, Adrián Lastra, Hiba Abouk, Marta Etura, Maggie Civantos, Marisa Paredes and a long etcetera.

But in addition, dozens of Hollywood stars will send messages of support to Spanish cinema: Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Isabelle Huppert, Monica Bellucci, Salma Hayek, Sylvester Stallone, Benicio del Toro, Emma Thompson, Ricardo Darín or Laura Dern.

When it comes to awards, “Girls” and “Adú” are the ones with the best chances, both in terms of number of nominations and the fact that they appear in the main categories, including best film.

Pilar Palomero’s film, a debut film about the awakening of innocence set in Zaragoza in 1992, is the great favorite judging by the preseason, since it has won both the Forqué award granted by the producers and the Feroz of the press cinematographic.

But we must not lose sight of Icíar Bollaín with “Rosa’s wedding”, a women’s liberation story starring Candela Peña, and the other two applicants: “Ane” by another debutante, David Pérez Sañudo, and the comedy “Sentimental ”By Cesc Gay.

This year is the first time that parity has been reached in nominations both in directing (with Bollaín and Isabel Coixet as candidates) and in new direction (Palomero and Nuria Giménez with “My mexican bretzel”).

And there has also been an increase in the female presence in other technical categories in which they are usually underrepresented such as soundtrack, photography, sound or special effects, a growth that comes after the adoption of measures to favor it by the Government at the time to award grants.

In the categories of leading male performance, the favorites are Mario Casas, with his first nomination for “You will not kill” and the always brilliant Javier Cámara, in his eighth nomination, this time for “Sentimental.”

As for them, the main dispute is between Candela Peña (“Rosa’s wedding”) and Patricia López Arnaiz (“Ane”), who has won both the Forqué and the Feroz. And among the new faces, Milena Smit, nominated for “You will not kill” and who will shortly begin shooting with Almodóvar, will draw special attention.

This year there are also two categories above the usual. One is the best Ibero-American film, with no less than three films shortlisted for the Oscars: “La llorona” by Guatemalan Jayro Bustamante, “Ya no soy aquí” by Mexican Fernando Frías and “El agent mole” by Chilean Maite Alberdi.

The fourth candidate is Colombian although directed and starring the Spanish Fernando Trueba and Javier Cámara respectively. It is about “The forgetfulness that we will be”, an adaptation of the novel by Héctor Abad Faciolince.

The other category that shines with special intensity this year is the documentary with four films that are among the best of the year: “My mexican bretzel” by Nuria Giménez, “The year of discovery” by Luis López Carrasco, “Anatomy of a dandy ”By Charlie Arnaiz and Alberto Ortega and“ Wet letters ”by Paula Palacios.

The great honoree of the night will be Ángela Molina, Goya of Honor 2021, and the Valencian filmmaker Luis García Berlanga, whose centenary will be celebrated with a musical number starring the singer Diana Navarro and the comedian Carlos Latre.

Vanesa Martín, Aitana or the Argentine Nathy Peluso will also perform at the gala that will be broadcast live on TVE from 10 p.m., preceded by a special on the red carpet, starting at 7:50 p.m., on www.rtve .es / directo, Premiosgoya.com and on La 1 de TVE.