Ghosts and history haunt Goyas

'Orphanage,' '13 Roses' dominate Spanish film noms

Juan Antonio Bayona's chilling ghost tale "The Orphanage" and Emilio Martinez Lazaro's historical drama "13 Roses" lead the candidates for the Spanish Film Academy's Goya awards, landing nominations Monday in 14 categories each, including best film.

Jaime Rosales' Festival de Cannes entry "La Soledad" and Gracia Querejeta's "Seven French Billiards Tables" also found slots in the best film category.

The Spanish academy will present the winners in the 27 categories at a gala ceremony Jan. 27.

"Orphanage," Spain's submission for the foreign-language film Oscar, has raced up the country's boxoffice charts and grossed about €24 million ($34.5 million) in ticket sales. Picturehouse will release it this month in the U.S.

Iciar Bollain's "Mataharis," about a female detective agency, found a spot in the best director category alongside Martinez Lazaro, Querejeta and Rosales. Bayona took a spot in the new directors category for his helming debut, joined by Tom Fernandez for "La Torre de Suso," David and Tristan Ulloa for "Pudor" and Felix Viscarret for "Bajo las Estrellas."

Bollain's original script for "Mataharis," which she wrote with Tatiana Rodriguez, secured a spot in the original script competition against Querejeta and David Planell for "Billiards Tables," Gonzalo Suarez for "Oviedo Express," Ignacio Martinez de Pison for "13 Roses" and Sergio G. Sanchez for "Orphanage."

Oscar-winning director Jose Luis Garci's latest work, "Luz de Domingo," secured five nominations, including actor, supporting actor, art director, production design and wardrobe.

"Luz" lead Alfredo Landa, who will receive an honorary Goya for lifetime achievement, will vie for the actor award against Alvaro de Luna for "El Prado de las Estrellas," Alberto San Juan for "Under the Stars" and Tristan Ulloa for "Mataharis."

Belen Rueda will compete in the lead actress category for her role as the mother in "Orphanage." She will face Blanca Portillo and veteran Spanish actress Maribel Verdu for their respective roles in "Billiards Tables" and Emma Suarez for her part in "Under the Stars."

Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza's documentary-style horror film "Rec" was nominated in the new actress category for Manuela Velasco's work, as well as for editing (David Gallart) and special effects (David Ambid, Enric Masip and Alex Villagrasa).

A complete list of nominees is available at