‘Argentina, 1985’, ‘News Of A Kidnapping,’ sweep 2023 Platino Awards

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‘Argentina, 1985’

Santiago Mitre’s courtroom drama Argentina, 1985 from Amazon Studios took five top honours at the 2023 Platino Awards at Madrid’s IFEMA Municipal Palace on Saturday night (April 22), while stablemate Prime Video’s News Of a Kidnapping from Andres Wood and Rodrigo Garcia claimed four.

Oscar- and Bafta-nominated Argentina, 1985 premiered in Competition at Venice last year and added to an awards haul that also earned recognition at the Goya awards, among others.

Mitre’s (The Student, Paulina) latest film won best Ibero-American fiction film, best actor for Ricardo Darin, best screenplay co-written by Mitre and Mariano Llinas, best art direction, and film & education in values awards.

Spain’s Laia Costa took best actress for her role in Alauda Ruiz de Azua’s Lullaby, sold by Latido Films and produced by Spain’s Sayaka Producciones, Encanta Films and Buena Pinta Media. Costa plays a young mother facing changes in her life and wrestles with doubts in her relationship with her husband and her mother.

News Of A Kidnapping, Amazon Originals’ adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, was produced by Chile’s Invercine & Wood in co-production with Stuart Ford’s Los Angeles-based AGC Studios.

Wood (Sundance winner Violeta Went To Heaven) and Garcia took best series creator award and three more: best series, best series actress for Cristina Umana, and best series ensemble actress for Majida Issa – both Colombia-born.

A box office breakout in France and Spain, Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Galician western thriller The Beasts took the best director award as well as best supporting actor for Luis Zahera, best editing, and best sound.

The production from Barcelona-based Arcadia Motion Pictures and sold by Latido debuted in Cannes in the Premieres showcase and also won nine Goya Awards.

The new best Ibero-American comedy prize went to a Spanish film, the Mediapro Studio-produced Official Competition directed by Argentinians Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat and starring Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s Utama took the first two Platino prizes for a Bolivian production. The Alma Films and La Mayor Cine drama, sold internationally by France’s Alpha Violet, has won numerous international awards and takes place in the Bolivian highlands where an elderly couple’s traditional existence is endangered by a drought.

The best first film award went to Manuela Martelli’s 1976, a depiction of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship from the point of view of a woman -inspired by the director’s grandma. It premiered in Cannes Director’s Fortnight and has sold widely through Luxbox.

Oscar-winner Benicio del Toro received the Honorary Award from Enrique Cerezo, president of Spain’s EGEDA producers rights collection society, which organises the Awards. Del He He declined both pieces of advice and the rest is history.

Full list of 2023 Platinos winners

Best Ibero-American fiction film
Argentina, 1985 (Arg)

Best director
Rodrigo Sorogoyen, The Beasts (Sp)

Best actor
Ricardo Darin, Argentina, 1985 (Arg)

Best actress
Laia Costa, Lullaby (Sp)

Best ensemble actress
Susi Sanchez, Lullaby (Sp)

Best ensemble actor
Luis Zahera, The Beasts (Sp)

Best screenplay
Mariano Llinas, Santiago Mitre, Argentina, 1985 (Arg)

Best cinematography
Barbara Alvarez, Utama (Bol)

Best original music
Cergio Prudencio, Utama (Bol)

Best sound
Aitor Berenguer, Fabiola Ordoyo, Yasmina Praderas, The Beasts (Sp)

Best editing
Alberto del Campo, The Beasts (Sp)

Best art direction
Micaela Saiegh, Argentina, 1985 (Arg)

Film & education in values
Argentina, 1985 (Arg)

Best animation film
Aguila y Jaguar: Los guerreros legendarios, Mike R. Ortiz (Mex)

Best Ibero-American comedy
Official Competition, Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat (Sp)

Best documentary
El Caso Padilla, Pavel Giroud (Cub)

Best first film
1976, Manuela Martelli (Chil)

Best miniseries or series
News Of A Kidnapping (Col-Chil)

Best miniseries or series creator
Andres Wood and Rodrigo Garcia, News Of A Kidnapping (Col-Chil)

Best actor in a series or mini-series
Guillermo Francella, The Boss (Arg)

Best actress in a series or mini-series
Cristina Umana, News Of A Kidnapping (Col-Chil)

Ensemble Actor In A Series Or Mini-Series
Alejandro Awada, Yosi, The Regretful Spy (Arg)

Ensemble actress in a series or mini-series
Majida Issa, News Of A Kidnapping (Col-Chil)

Honorary Platino
Benicio del Toro

Audience award
Argentina, 1985 (Arg)

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