With the Goya Awards taking place just a few days away, we’re excited to be cheering on five titles that screened at the 2016 Miami Film Festival & Miami Film Festival’s GEMS, as well as four highly anticipated films that will premiere at the 34th annual Miami Film Festival in March: Smoke & Mirrors, Maria (and Everybody Else), Don’t Blame on Your Karma!, and May God Save Us.
With a whopping 11 nominations, Smoke & Mirrors comes in second place in terms of the most overall nominations, falling in place right behind Juan Antonio Bayona’s critically acclaimed English-language film A Monster Calls, which garnered 12 nominations and will compete against Smoke & Mirrors for the coveted Best Film award. Also nominated for Best Film are 2017 Festival title May God Save Us, Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta and The Fury of a Patient Man.
A major frontrunner, Smoke & Mirrors is the latest from Goya-winning director Alberto Rodríguez (Marshland), and will compete in the 2017 Festival’s HBO Ibero American Competition. Set in the mid-1990s, Smoke & Mirrors is a fact-based thriller that recounts the story of arms dealer and spy Francisco Paesa.
Also receiving some much-deserved recognition are Festival award-winners I, Daniel Blake and From Afar. British film I, Daniel Blake took home the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and was also honored with the Audience Award at Miami Film Festival’s mid-season festival GEMS back in October 2016. Venezuelan favorite From Afar experienced a similar path to success: after winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, the film went on to win the Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award at the 2016 Miami Film Festival. The films are nominated for Best European Film and Best Ibero-American Film, respectively.
Smoke & Mirrors: Best Film; Best Actor; Best Actor; Best New Actor; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Editing; Best Art Direction; Best Original Score; Best Make-Up and Hairstyles; Best Production Supervision; Best Sound
May God Save Us: Best Film; Best Director; Best Actor; Best Supporting Actor; Best Original Screenplay; Best Editing
Maria (and Everybody Else): Best Leading Actress; Best First-Time Director
Don’t Blame it on Your Karma!: Best Costume Design
Kiki, Love to Love: Best Breakthrough Actress; Best Supporting Actress; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Original Song
The Olive Tree: Best Original Screenplay; Best Breakthrough Actress; Best Supporting Actor; Best Original Score
Cien años de perdon: Best Original Screenplay; Best Breakthrough Actor
From Afar: Best Ibero-American Film
I, Daniel Blake: Best European Film
The 31st Goya Awards will be presented on February 4.