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“Recognizing Social Justice: The Platinum Awards for Films with a Cause”

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Platino Awards Celebrate Marked Social Films

The 10th Platino Awards ceremony in Madrid awarded Latin American productions that resonate socially. Manuela Martelli’s “1976” won the Best Fiction Debut prize for its portrayal of life in the aftermath of the military dictatorship in Chile. Alice Kuppenheim’s performance in “1976” earned her a nomination for Best Female Performance. Meanwhile, Bolivian film “Utama” scooped Best Cinematography and Best Original Music, with composer Cergio Prudencio moving the audience with his Quechua acceptance speech.

Rodrigo Sorogoyen Triumphs At Platino Awards

Director Rodrigo Sorogoyen beat stiff competition from celebrated filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu to win the Best Director prize for “As Bestas”, a rural thriller. Luis Zahera’s supporting performance in the film earned him the Best Supporting Male Performance award. “As Bestas” is also nominated for Best Ibero-American Fiction Film, Best Screenplay, and Editing.

Cuba’s First Documentary Win

“El caso Padilla” won Cuba its first-ever Platino prize in the Best Documentary Film category. The film tells the story of the poet Herberto Padilla, who was imprisoned by Fidel Castro’s regime. It features testimonies from renowned writers such as Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Benicio Del Toro Honored

In recognition of his outstanding career, Benicio Del Toro won the 2023 Platinum Honor Award. During his emotional acceptance speech, Del Toro spoke of the doubts he faced about his Latino identity in the film industry. He pledged to “not forget who I am and where I come from.”

Other Winners

Puerto Rican actress Cordelia González Sánchez earned the Best Supporting Female Performance award for her role in “5 Lobitos.” Meanwhile, Mexican production “Águila y Jaguar: los guerreros legendary” won Best Animated Film. The most-nominated film of the night was “Argentina, 1985”, with 14 nods.

About the Platino Awards

The Platino Awards for Ibero-American Cinema are supported by the Ibero-American film academies and institutes, and promoted by EGEDA (Audiovisual Producers Rights Management Entity) and FIPCA (Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers).

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