Catalan Oscars to be celebrated tonight

The Gaudí Awards, which are the equivalent to the Catalan Oscars are taking place tonight for the 3rd consecutive time. The movie ‘Pa Negre’(Black Bread), which was nominated this year for the Spanish Goya Awards, is tipped to win with no less than 15 nominations followed by ‘Herois’ (Heroes) and ‘Buried’.

CNA / Elisenda Rosanas

January 17, 2011 11:05 PM

Barcelona (ACN).- Barcelona will celebrate Catalan cinema this evening in the 3rd ever edition of the Catalan Oscars. Known as the Gaudí Awards, the event will be hosted by the famous Catalan actor Quim Masferrer and will take place in the Artèria Paral·lel theatre in Barcelona. Augustí Villaronga’s film, 'Pa Negre', which translates to ‘Black Bread’ in English, has been tipped as a winner after receiving 15 nominations. The movie was also nominated for the Spanish Oscars, the Goya Awards this year. The film is an adaptation of the two novels by the Catalan author Emili Teixidor. It is competing for the prize of best film.

It is an important day for Catalan cinema. Actors, directors, producers and technicians will all unite tonight at the 3rd edition of the Gaudí Awards, which are organised by the Catalan Film Academy. The Artèria Paral·lel Theatre has been chosen as the venue the event and the actor Quim Masferrer as the host. The gala will take about two hours and will offer awards to the best cinematographic productions made in Catalonia.

‘Pa Negre’, is said to be the movie of the night. The film adaptation of the two novels by Emili Teixidor has 15 nominations, including best film, best director, best actor and best actress. The film was also nominated for a Goya Awards this week with 14 nominations. It has been a huge success this year with both audiences and critics and received an award for Best Actress for Nora Navas at the San Sebastian Festival.

‘Pa Negre’ will compete with Pau Freixas’ movie ‘Herois’ (Heroes). It has been nominated in 9 categories. But the most international movie of the evening that could also take home an award is ‘Buried’, the Catalan production directed by Rodrigo Cortés. It is nominated for an award in the categories of best director and best foreign language film. It will compete with ‘Los ojos de Júlia’ (Julia’s eyes), which is a William Morales production and 'El gran Vázquez' (The Great Vaquez) by Oscar Aibar and ‘Uruguay’ by Solomon Shang.

The documentary 'Bicicleta, cullera, poma' which in English means ‘Bike, spoon, apple' is another movie tipped for an award tonight. It deals with the life and experience of the former Catalan President Pasqual Maragall and his battle against Alzheimer’s. It is up for an award for the best documentary.