Isabel Coixet’s “The Bookshop” earns 12 nominations for the Spanish Goya awards Back


 by Kristina Zorita.

The Basque-speaking film “Handia” with 13 nominations leads the race for the 32nd edition of the Goya Awards. Second in nominations, Isabel Coixet's “The Bookshop” scored 12 nominations, a record for a film directed by a woman in the history of the Spanish Film Academy awards. EWA's Honorary President competes for Best Director along with four other male filmmakers.

The English-speaking drama about a woman who fights to open a bookshop in a coastal town in England is also one of the contenders for the Best Film award. The other 10 nominations are for main actress (Emily Mortiner), supporting actor, adaptated screenplay, photography, production, editing, wardrobe (Mercè Paloma), best song, music and art direction.

Carla Simon's debut film “Summer 1993” has earned nominations for Best Film and for Best New Director. The drama about a girl who has to adapt to a new family after losing her parents received also nominations for supporting actor, new actress (Bruna Cusí), original screenplay (Carla Simon), photography, best production design (Mireia Graell Vivancos) and editing (Ana Pfaff and Didac Palou). The Catalan-speaking “Summer 1993” is also the Spanish pick for the Oscar awards.

Three of the four films nominated at the Best Latin-American Film are directed or co-directed by women. The Mexican “Tempestad” by Tatiana Huezo, the Argentinian “Zama” by Lucrecia Martel and the Colombian “Amazona” by EWA member Clare Weiskop and Nicolas van Hemelryck. Maren Ade's “Toni Erdmann” is one of the contenders for Best European Film.

Along with Mercè Paloma for the “Bookshop”, there are two more female nominees in the wardrobe category: Saioa Lara for “Handia” and Tatiana Hernández for “Oro”. Sylvie Imbert for “Abracadabra”, Ainhoa Eskisabel and Olga Cruz for “Handia” and Lola Gómez for “Pieles” are also nominees in the Best Make-Up Artist category.

We also noticed that one out of the four nominated films for Best Documentary is directed by a woman, “Dancing Beethoven” by Arantxa Aguirre. In the short documentary category, there are two women-directed films out of four nominees: “Los Desheredados” by Laura Ferrés and “Tribus de la Inqusición” by Mabel Lozano.

The Goya Awards ceremony will be held on 3rd of February in Madrid.


In the picture, Isabel Coixet receiving a Goya Award in 2012 



Isabel Coixet’s “The Bookshop” earns 12 nominations for the Spanish Goya awards
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