5 Feb, 2022 @ 09:15
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Valencia gets ready for its first-ever Goya Awards on February 12

Exhibition "de Valencia A Los Goya" In Valencia, Spain 02 Feb 2022
A monument of the Goya Awards seen during the opening of the photographic exhibition 'De Valencia a los Goya' on the occasion of the celebration of the XXXVI Goya Awards Gala, in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Goya Awards is an annual event by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain, with the purpose of rewarding the best professionals in each of the different specialties of the Spanish cinema. The event was presented and itís 36th edition will be held on the occasion of the end of the Berlanga Year celebration (Feb. 12 2022) (Photo by Xisco Navarro / SOPA Images/Sipa USA) *** Local Caption *** 37280458

VALENCIA is home to some of Spain’s best-loved actors and directors.

But the country’s third-largest city has never hosted a Goya Awards ceremony which celebrates the cream of Spanish cinema.

Following passionate petitions, Valencia will finally welcome the 36th celebration of Spanish films with a burst of activities planned for February 12 this month.

The Goya Awards might not be as well known as the Oscars or BAFTA awards for English speakers.

But recipients of this top prize will be familiar: they include director Pedro Almodovar, as well as actors Antonio Banderas, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.

In fact Javier Bardem – famous for his roles in No Country For Old Men, Skyfall and Dune – has broken records to become the first actor to pick up five Goya Awards.

Exhibition "de Valencia A Los Goya" In Valencia, Spain 02 Feb 2022
To mark Valencia’s Goya Awards Gala, an exhibition showing all previous Valencian winners is on display in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Source:CordonPress.

Valencia’s hosting of the ceremony will be in homage to its own cinematic stars.

The most famous of these is Luis Garcia Berlanga who would have celebrated his 100th birthday last year.

Berlanga won an Oscar for best foreign film in 1962 (Placido) as well as three Goya Awards, four Palme d’Or at Cannes among scores of other accolades.

Valencia’s town hall has announced a slideshow celebrating Berlanga’s life will be broadcast on its façade between 7:30pm to 10:30pm on February 11.

Musicians will also play music from his films with 12 bands playing at 12pm on February 12.

The town hall has also organised a route of ‘cinema menus’ in which 40 restaurants offer meals in homage to Berlanga.

Already 1000 reservations have been made.

The host of the 36th Goya Awards has not yet been announced, though last year Antonio Banderas held the mic as Schoolgirls won Best Picture.

Any nominees this year will have to pull out a miracle to beat 2004’s Mar Adentro (Sea Inside) which picked up 14 Goya Awards in Javier Bardem’s portrayal of a paralysed man fighting for euthanasia.

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Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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