Next Sunday, Catalan cinema will be sprucing itself up for the awards ceremony for the best in Catalan cinema productions of 2012. Andreu Buenafuente will enact the role of master of ceremonies in an event that promises many surprises. The event will be held in the Barcelona Teatre Musical. While there are no clear favourites yet, Blancanieves, with 12 nominations, El Bosc, with 11 and Els Nens Salvatges, with 8, are the films that have received the most nominations, and all will be competing with Fènix 11·23 for the ‘Best Film in Catalan’ award. The winner will succeed the futuristic Eva, the clear winner of the previous edition. For the best film ‘not in Catalan’, Una Pistola En Cada Mano, filmed in Barcelona and directed by Cesc Gay, shares nomination with The Pelayos, the supernatural thriller Red Lights and the terror-comedy [REC]3 Génesis.
Juan Antonio Bayona (Lo Imposible), Pablo Berger (Blancanieves), Cesc Gay (Una Pistola En Cada Mano) and the duo Joel Joan and Sergi Lara (Fènix 11·23) will be competing in the Best Director category, while Maria Molins, Maribel Verdú, Àlex Brendemühl and Àlex Monner will be vying for the best actress and actor awards. The only award that is already guaranteed is for veteran actress Montserrat Carulla, who will receive the well-deserved Gaudí de Honor in recognition of her 50 year career.
The gala will be retransmitted live this Sunday on TV3 beginning at 9.50 pm. A list of all the nominees is available on the Acadèmia del Cinema Català website.