The Ibero-American Cinema Platinum Award is set to reveal the names of the nominating films in its fifth edition, whose awards ceremony will be held on April 29 in the Riviera Maya, in southern Mexico.
On Tuesday, 20 candidates will be announced in Mexico City, selected by the Executive Committee of the Platinum Award with the support of advisors, among them, the members of the jury of the last edition.
During the announcement, will also be revealed the presenter of the ceremony, which will take place at the Teatro Grande Tlachco, in the archaeological-ecological park of Xcaret.
The complex in the Riviera Maya was the chosen venue to receive the ceremony, which in its previous editions went through Panama City (2014), Marbella (2015), Punta del Este (2016) and Madrid (2017).
Among the pre-selected films are “Uma Mulher Fantástica”, by Chilean Sebastián Lelio, “Zama”, by Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel, and “Last Days in Havana” by Cuban Fernando Perez.
Lelio’s feature film, which is also nominated for an Oscar for best non-English language film, and Martel’s feature as favorites, have been pre-screened in eight categories including best film, directing and screenplay.
Within the category of best actress, may appear as selected Chilean Daniela Vega (“A Woman Fantastic”), Mexican Ana Valeria Becerril (“Las Hijas de Abril”) and the Spanish Emma Suárez (“Las Hijas de Abril”) and Penelope Cruz (“Amando Pablo”), among others.
Javier Bardem (“Amando Pablo”), Argentina’s Leonardo Sbaraglia (“El Otro Hermano”) and the Mexicans Daniel Giménez Cacho (“Zama”) are among the favorites in the category of best actor. Luis Gerardo Méndez (“Road to Mars”).
In addition, this year the Platinum Prize introduces as a novelty the incorporation of two new categories: better male and female interpretation in miniseries or television series.
The number of productions participating in this edition reaches 848, a record in the history of the awards and that reflects its growth, since in 2014, in the first edition, 701 works were entered.
The next step on the way to the Platinum Prize trophy will be on March 14, when the five final nominees in each category will be announced.
The Platinum Prize for Ibero-American Cinema is promoted by EGEDA (Entity for the Management of Audiovisual Producers’ Rights) and FIPCA (Ibero-American Federation of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Producers).