Leon's "Mondays in the Sun" Wins Five Spanish Goyas
by Eugene Hernandez
Fernando Leon's "Los Lunes al Sol" ("Mondays in the Sun") was a big winner this past weekend at the Goya Awards, Spain's annual prizes for the best movies of the year. The movie, which is Spain's submission for the foreign language film of the year Oscar, captured the awards for best film, best director, best actor for Javier Bardem, best supporting actor Luis Tosar, and best breakthrough performance for Jose Angel Ejido.
Described as the story of a group of unemployed dock workers living in the North of Spain, the film will be released by Lions Gate in the United States. It will debut in New York and Los Angeles on April 18.
"El Embrujo De Shanghai" ("The Shanghai Spell") by Fernando Trueba won a number of technical prizes, nabbing Goyas for best costume design for Lala Huete, best makeup and hair design (Gregorio Ros and Pepito Juez), and Salvador Parra for art direction.
"En La Ciudad Sin Limites" ("The City of No Limits") was a multiple award winner as well, taking the prize for original screenplay for Enrique Braso and Antonioi Hernandez, as well as the supporting actress prize for Geraldine Chaplin.
In other categories, Mercedes Sampietro won the award for best actress for "Common Places" and Dolores Gonzalez Flores won the breakthrough performance for actress for "Rencor." Pedro Almodovar's "Hable Con Ella" ("Talk to Her") won only one award, for best score (Alberto Iglesias), after receiving seven nominations. The film was passed over by Spain in its bid for Oscar consideration. Emilio Martinez Lazaro's "El Otro Lado De La Cama" ("The Other Side of the Bed"), which received six nominations, won only the award for best sound for Gilles Ortion, Alfonso Pino, Pelayo Gutierrez, Jose Vinader.
The award for adapted screenplay went to Adolfo Aristarain and Kathy Saavedra for "Common Places," while the cinematography award went to Jose Luis Alcaine for "Don Quixote, Knight Errant."
Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" won the award for best European Film, while "The Last Train" won the prize for best foreign Spanish-language film.
The Goya ceremony was also a platform for presenters and winners to speak out against the potential war in the Middle East. Numerous people sported "No War" badges, according to Variety. "The government should listen to the Spanish people," Bardem said in his acceptance speech, according to the Hollywood trade publication. "We're a majority, and we say no to war!"