First time director wins major awards at Madrid’s Goya ceremony

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Raul Arevalo

ACTOR turned director, Raul Arevalo won best picture and best first feature in the 31st Spanish Film Academy Goya Awards held in Madrid with his directorial debut ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’.

It is a complicated movie which starts as a romantic drama, becomes a typical road movie and then ends as a vengeance steeped thriller.

This was quite an achievement for a film which shows life and death in Spain which also won best screenplay and supporting actor but the bulk of the other awards went to ‘A Monster Calls’ which stars a host of international movie greats.


Liam Neeson, Jennifer Jones and Sigourney Weaver star in this J.A. Bayona film which follows the story of a boy who seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother’s terminal illness.

There were plenty of big names at the awards including British director, Ken Loach, Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz and nowadays, ceremonies like this are a good excuse to air political and economic grievances with complaints about the high rate of tax levied on cinema tickets in Spain and the lack of government support to the Spanish film industry.

Ana Belen, who started her career as a child star under Franco’s dictatorship and became a political voice Spain’s return to democracy, won an honorary Goya for life achievements and her fight for the rights of women.


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