Paris (EFE).- The Spanish film director Rodrigo Sorogoyen won the César Award for Best Foreign Film tonight for “As bestas”, his film set in rural Galicia that had already been the great winner of the last Goyas.
“Thank you for letting us be a small part of French cinema,” said the director from the stage of the Olympia theater in Paris, already with the award in hand.
“As bestas” competed in its category along with the Belgian “Close” (Lukas Dhont), the Swedish “Boy from Heaven” (Tarik Saleh), the Polish “EO” (Jerzy Skolimowski) and the also Swedish “Triangle of Sadness”. (Ruben Östlund).
I don’t know, a dream. We were nominated with incredible films ”, Sorogoyen said in the press room after the award, continuing to joke that he did not feel capable of saying anything intelligent at that moment.
The Madrid-born filmmaker stated that he almost “felt a little bad” about being nominated because, after the success of the Goyas, it was too “ambitious” to also win in France.
“Now that we have achieved it, it is like a perfect icing on the cake, there could not be a better ending, a better climax than winning the César, incredible,” he said.
Sorogoyen is not the only Spanish protagonist in this 48th César ceremony.
Albert Serra, nominated for “Pacifiction”
The Spanish director Albert Serra and “Pacifiction”, shot in French Polynesia, were among the great favorites for the most important French film awards, although the final distribution of awards, still awaiting the last categories, left few trophies in the Catalan palmares.
Among the nine nominations for “Pacifiction”, shot in French Polynesia, were Best Film, Serra himself in the directing category, Benoît Magimel for Best Leading Actor and Artur Tort in Photography, among others.
Only two titles outperform the exotic “thriller” signed by Serra in 2022 in award options: the comedy “L’Innocent”, by Louis Garrel, which leads the nominations with a total of 11 nominations, and the police drama “La Nuit du 12”, by Dominik Moll, which adds up to 10.