‘A Monster Calls’

Courtesy of TIFF

Raul Arevalo’s directorial debut  Fury of a Patient Man took the top award at the Spanish Film Academy’s Goya Awards ceremony Saturday, even as Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls nearly swept the night with nine awards, including the director category.

Bayona’s tale of a boy who faces his mother’s illness with the help of a monster scored on nine of its 12 nominations.

A teary-eyed Bayona, seated next to his twin brother Carlos, celebrated each award for Monster as if it were his first successful film, instead of the third in a highly-acclaimed trilogy centering on the mother-child relationship. Bayona dedicated his award to all who suffer from cancer and to his father, who taught him the transformative power of culture.

Even so, the other big winner of the night, was fresh talent Arevalo, whose decisive triumph was announced by a glamorous Penelope Cruz, and who also took home the best new director award, along with the original screenplay prize.

Pedro Almodovar was on hand to celebrate his lead actress Emma Suarez’s special night, as she walked away with two Goya statues for her roles in his Julieta and La Proxima Piel.

But Almodovar, who will be the first Spaniard to chair the Cannes Film Festival jury in May, didn’t win any of the other six categories in which his film competed.

The gala awards ceremony, which regularly veers political, shied away from controversy this year. The only note of protest came from academy vice president Mariano Barroso, who obliquely addressed the public image of the Spanish film industry as living off subsidies in the official remarks, which he shared with Spanish Film Academy President Yvonne Blake.

“The state earned $30 million (€28 million) more off the sales tax of Spanish cinema than what it will invest in it. We are not a sector that lives off the state,” Barroso said to applause.

A complete list of winners follows.

Best Film

Fury of a Patient Man


J.A. Bayona for A Monster Calls

New Director

Raul Arevalo for Fury of a Patient Man

Original Screenplay

David Pulido, Raul Arevalo for Fury of a Patient Man

Adapted Screenplay

Alberto Rodriguez, Rafael Cobos for Smoke and Mirrors

Original Score

Fernando Velazquez for A Monster Calls

Original Song

“Ai, Ai, Ai” by Silvia Perez Cruz for Cerca de tu Casa

Lead Actor

Roberto Alamo for May God Save Us

Lead Actress

Emma Suarez for Julieta

Supporting Actor

Manolo Solo for Fury of a Patient Man

Supporting Actress

Emma Suarez for La proxima piel

New Actor

Carlos Santos for Smoke and Mirrors

New Actress

Anna Castillo for El Olivo

Production Design

Sandra Hermida Muniz for A Monster Calls


Oscar Faura for A Monster Calls


Bernat Vilplana, Jaume Marti for A Monster Calls

Artistic Director

Eugenio Caballero for A Monster Calls


Paola Torres for 1898. The End of the Philippines

Makeup and Hair

David Marti, Marese Langan for A Monster Calls


Marc Orts, Oriol Tarrago, Peter Glossop for A Monster Calls

Special Effects

Felix Berges, Pau Costa for A Monster Calls

Animated Feature

Psiconautas, los ninos olivdados

Documentary Feature

Fragil Equilibrio

Ibero-American Film

El Ciudadano Ilustre by Gaston Duprat, Mariano Cohn

European Film

Elle by Paul Verhoeven

Fiction Short

Timecode by Juanjo Giemenz Pena

Documentary Short

Cabezas Habladoras by Juan Vicente Cordoba

Animated Short

Decorado by Alberto Vazquez

Honorary Goya

Ana Belen

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