'The Bookshop' Tops Spain's Goya Awards

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Bill Nighy in the upcoming drama The Bookshop.

The Bill Nighy and Emily Mortimer film halted an expected sweep by Basque movie 'Giant.'

The Bookshop was named best Spanish film of 2017 at Saturday’s Spanish Film Academy Goya Awards, beating out Giant, which had appeared well on its way to the top prize after garnering 10 awards earlier in the evening.

Veteran filmmaker Isabel Coixet took the best director award for The Bookshop, the story of a young woman, played by Emily Mortimer, who tries to make a success of the bookstore she opens in a seaside English village.

Coixet also won the award for best adapted screenplay for the movie, which was filmed in English and also stars Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson. The film will have its international premiere this month at the Berlin Film Festival.

As the evening progressed, it appeared Giant would sweep the awards as it racked up wins in such technical categories as editing, wardrobe, cinematography, special effects and others. The Basque-language film, directed by Aitor Arregi and Jon Garano, recounts the true story of a young man suffering from gigantism who is taken around Europe by his brother to be displayed as a freak.

Its star, Eneko Sagardoy, who played the giant, won the Goya statuette for best new actor.

After last year’s Goya Awards swerved away from the practice of previous years’ political commentary on controversial issues by presenters, this edition championed women’s rights, especially in the film industry. In a colorful and very Spanish nod to the worldwide movement to empower women and end sexual abuse that was triggered by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, female attendees carried red fans emblazoned with the slogan “#+Mujeres.”

Audience members fluttered their fans and cheered when in her speech Academy vp Nora Navas said, “From today and forever, the Spanish Film Academy will champion equality, respect and opportunity for women.

“It’s not enough to put us in front of the camera. We also need to be directors, editors, scriptwriters, sound technicians and cinematographers until we match the numbers of men,” she told the audience.

Penelope Cruz presented the best film prize along with director Carlos Saura. Cruz and her husband, Javier Bardem, were up for best actor and best actress awards for their roles opposite each other in Loving Pablo, but lost out to Nathalie Poza, for No Se Decir Adios, and Javier Gutierrez for El Autor, respectively.

A complete list of winners follows:

The Bookshop

Isabel Coixet for The Bookshop

New Director
Carla Simon for Summer 1993

Original Screenplay
Aitor Arregi, Andoni de Carlos, Jon Garano, Jose Maria Goenaga for Giant

Adapted Screenplay
Isabel Coixet for The Bookshop

Original Score
Pascal Gaigne for Giant

Original Song
“Leiva” by Alexi Delano for La Llamada

Lead Actor
Javier Gutierrez for El Autor

Lead Actress
Nathalie Poza for No Se Decir Adios

Supporting Actor
David Verdaguer for Summer 1993

Supporting Actress
Adelfa Calvo for El Autor

New Actor
Eneko Sagardoy for Giant

New Actress
Bruna Cusí for Summer 1993

Production Design
Ander Sistiago for Giant

Javier Agirre for Giant

Laurent Dufreche, Raul Lopez for Giant

Artistic Director
Mikel Serrano for Giant

Saioa Lara for Giant

Makeup and Hair
Ainhoa Eskisabel, Olga Cruz, Gorka Aguirre for Giant

Aitor Berenguer for Veronica

Special Effects
David Heras, Jon Serrano for Giant

Animated Feature
Tadeo Jones 2

Documentary Feature
Muchos Hijos, Un Mono y Un Castillo

Ibero-American Film
A Fantastic Woman by Sebastian Lelio

European Film
The Square by Ruben Ostlund

Fiction Short
Madre by Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Documentary Short
Los Desheredados by Laura Ferrées

Animated Short
Woody & Woody by Jaume Carrio

Honorary Goya
Marisa Paredes