20th February 2019


January/February is awards season! Whether it’s your BAFTA, your Grammy or your Oscar, now is the time to celebrate the best of the best in the arts. At Play Actors we love seeing European cinema getting the recognition they deserve. So here’s a few highlights:

The 72nd BAFTAS were held on the 10th of February 2019 and one of the big winners was the Mexican Roma. This film has taken over the festivals this year, and with good reason. It’s available on Netflix, finish reading this and go watch it. It won both Best Film and Best Foreign Film, which is incredible, as well as Best Direction and Best Cinematography. The main winner of the night with seven awards, was The Favourite, an incredibly weird and fantastic piece of British cinema. Its awards included Best Actress to Olivia Coleman and Supporting Actress to Rachel Weisz. Amazingly though, we’ve started focussing more on representation in cinema. Guyanese-born Letitia Wright won Best Rising Star and both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor went to BAME actors, Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Mahershala Ali (Green Book). Both fantastic films that should be watched this instant, and massive appreciation for focussing more and more on representation.

The Berlinale is a ten day long film festival in Germany, and it’s the biggest annual publicly attended festival. They give our Gold and Silver Bears as awards. The biggest prize, the Golden Bear for best film went to Synonymes, the French/Israeli/German co-production, directed by Nadav Lapid, about a young Israeli man fleeing to Paris. Both the Silver Bears for best actor and actress went to the leads in the Chinese So Long, My Son, Wang Jingchun and Yong Mei. All in all it’s clear that Germany did really well at this festival in their home country.

The 33rd Goya Awards happened on February 2nd and there were some internationally recognised winners. Such as the Polish Cold War, which won Best European Film and the incredible Roma that won Best Spanish Language Foreign Film at the Goyas, but gained massive recognition at most European awards ceremonies, including the Danish Robert Prize. The big winner of the night was The Realm, a movie by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, which took away seven awards including Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor (Antonia de la Torre).

The César Award (The national film award of France) is happening this Friday, 22nd of February. Some absolutely amazing nominees this year, so definitely worth catching for the French speaking amongst us. The Oscar’s are also coming up on the 24th of February, so watch this space for a full update next week.