Two Catalan-directed films vying for top spot in Spain’s Goya awards

‘The Bookshop’ and ‘Estiu 1993’ have both been nominated for best film

Frame from 'Estiu 1993' (by Avalon)
Frame from 'Estiu 1993' (by Avalon) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

December 13, 2017 01:12 PM

Two Catalan-directed films have made their mark on the Spanish film industry, nominated in categories across the board for next year’s 32nd edition of the Goya awards, Spain’s main annual film awards, including the best film award. Another Catalan film, 'Incerta Glòria', has been nominated for best-adapted script.

In the running for the crown of best-film in Spain as a whole is Isabel Coixet’s ‘The Bookshop’ and ‘Estiu 1993’ by Carla Simón. ‘The Bookshop’ has had 12 nominations for different categories, including best original script, coming in behind the Basque film ‘Handia’ by Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregui for most nominations in next year’s highly-anticipated silver screen ceremony.

The hit film ‘Estiu 1993’ (Summer 1993, in English) has 8 nominations for diferent categories, also including best film, while ‘Incerta Glòria’ directed by Agustí Villaronga is in the running for best-adapted script.

'Estiu 1993’ on the road to the Oscars

Simon's 'Estiu 1993’ tells the story of a six-year-old little girl who loses her parents and, as she deals with loss and grieving, has to integrate into her uncle and aunt's family. It has been the film chosen by the Spanish Cinema Academy as its candidate for the 2018 Oscars. Whether it makes it into the Oscars nomination of best film in the Foreign Language Film category will be unveiled on January 23.