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Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” keeps the winning streak at Platino Awards

By Eduard Ribas i Admetlla,

Playa del Carmen, Mexico, May 12 (efe-epa).- After winning at the Oscars, the Baftas and the Goya, Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s "Roma" on Sunday walked away with five Platinos at the annual Ibero-American awards ceremony.

Everything pointed to yet another successful night for the Mexican movie, which earned nine nominations and took away five statues at the 6th Platino Awards at the event held in the Riviera Maya in the Mexican Caribbean for the second consecutive year.

The movie took home the awards for the best direction, cinematography, screenplay, sound, and the best Ibero-American film.

Roma's producer Nicolas Celis accepted the best film award on behalf of Cuaron, who was not present.

"Roma," an autobiographical film based on his childhood, portrays the life of a middle-class family of Mexico in the 1970s and the relationship it shares with the housekeeper, an indigenous woman played by acclaimed Yalitza Aparicio.

"Roma" won best director, cinematography and foreign language film at the Oscars this year, consolidating the success of Mexican directors at the Academy Awards.

It also made history by being nominated by the Academy both in the best picture and the best foreign-language film categories and sparked a strong debate on the role of indigenous women in Mexican society thanks to Aparicio's portrayal.

However, neither Yalitza Aparicio nor Marina de Tavira, both nominated for best actress for "Roma", took home the honor, which went to Paraguay's Ana Brun for her role in "The Heiresses" ("Las herederas").

Theatre veteran Brun, who also won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival, has come into the spotlight after a career mostly in theater.

“The Heiresses”, directed by Marcelo Martinessi, tells the story of two women, descendants of wealthy families, who begin to lose their fortune and get involved in a fraud.

In her acceptance speech, the Paraguayan dedicated her award to the actors and producers of her country who, she said, work "with few resources but a lot of talent."

Spanish actor Antonio de la Torre won best actor for "The Realm" ("El Reino") while “Arde Madrid" won best series or mini-series.

"It is the third time that I'm coming to Mexico, I hope that there will be more and that it is to work," De la Torre said while accepting his award.

Earlier, on the red carpet, the Spaniard told EFE that "A Twelve-Year Night" ("La noche de 12 años"), also starring him and revolving around the repression suffered by Pepe Mujica during the Uruguayan dictatorship, is "a universal story" because it talks about the deep, hidden aspects of human beings.

"Arde Madrid", which is based on the life of actress Eva Gardner during her stay in Madrid in the 1960s beat out stiff competition from Mexican comedy "House of Flowers" ("La casa de las flores").

"This project has been hard and intense but also gratifying. Thanks to Movistar, this proves that there is life beyond Netflix," series co-director Paco Leon said.

Mexican actor Diego Luna also took home the best actor in a series of mini-series for "Narcos: Mexico" while his country fellow woman Cecilia Suarez won best actress in the same category for "House of Flowers."

"Champions" ("Campeones"), which won the 2019 Goya Award for Best Film, was named Best Film and Education in Values for addressing intellectual disabilities.

Spain's “The Silence of Others" ("El silencio de los otros") on the struggle for justice by the victims of 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, took home the award for Best Documentary.

Spain's "Another Day of Life" ("Un día más con vida") won Best Animated Film while Best Original Music went to "Yuli" and Best Editing to "The Realm" ("El Reino") both also from Spain.

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