Catalan film 'Pa Negre' wins 14 nominations at the Goya Awards

The movie has also been nominated 15 times for the Catalan Gaudí Awards, in Barcelona. 'Pa Negre' (Black Bread) is a film adaptation of a novel with the same title by Emili Teixidor.

CNA / Karina Whalley

January 13, 2011 09:12 PM

Barcelona (ACN).- After a spectacular flood of 15 nominations at the Gaudi awards in Barcelona, the Catalan movie "Pa Negre" has added to its success by winning another 14 Goya nominations in Madrid. The film has won nominations in such categories as that of best film, best director, best script adaptation, best creative director and best actor and best actress for the superb roles played by Sergi López and Nora Navas.

Agustí Villaronga, director of "Pa Negre" said that the Goya nominations are important as they "have helped to make Catalan cinema more mainstream" and shows that movie-goers can accept this without problem, be the films in Catalan or any other language. The director believes that Catalan cinema "is reappearing" on the international scene and that Catalonia is supporting more "low budget" films.

Villaronga said that "Pa Negre" is a "hard" movie. The film describes the difficult situation in post-war Spain, a period during which the division and harm caused by the conflict were added to by a cruel and long hunger.

The movie is also nominated in 15 categories in the Gaudí Awards, happening in Barcelona on January 17. The director admits he prefers not to expect many awards, and believes there are many other equally deserving artists contending.

Such a multitude of nominations is evidence of a healthy and growing Catalan movie culture, according to the sector. The film "Pa Negre" will be back on the big screen soon, with showings organised in over 30 cinemas across Catalonia.