Which film gems have won awards at the Gaudí Awards?

Art and Culture

14/03/2024

For more than 15 years, Jean Leon has had the privilege of collaborating with the Academia del Cinema Català, supporting the world of Catalan cinema. Last February, we had the opportunity to pair our wines with cinema at the 16th Gaudi Awards ceremony.

Proud to be part of this new edition, we are once again immersed in the Catalan film universe, and we want to share with you in this article the award-winning films of this year 2024. 

Top 6 Gaudi Awards winning films 2024

1. Saben Aquell

Saben Aquell, directed by David Trueba and written by Trueba together with Albert Espinosa, immerses us in the early career of the renowned comedian Eugenio. Set in Barcelona in the late 1960s, the film follows the story of Eugenio Jofra, a young jeweler who finds love and passion for music with Conchita. Eugenio learns to play the guitar to accompany Conchita in her performances, facing stage fright in the process.

When Conchita is absent for two weeks, Eugenio is forced to take the reins of the solo performances, becoming a phenomenon of underground humor in the city. Together, Eugenio and Conchita build the character that will become an unexpected success in a depressed Spain desperately looking for laughter: the glasses, the black shirt, the stool, the cigarettes and the tube glass, Eugenio's trademark elements that precede his jokes with the famous "Saben aquell que diu...". 

The film has been awarded 7 Gaudi Awards by the Catalan Film Academy, which reflects its impact and quality in the cinematographic panorama. With 13 nominations in total, Saben Aquell stands out for its ability to capture the essence of Spanish humor and culture of the time, as well as for Trueba's outstanding performances and masterful direction.

2. Creatura

Creatura, the latest play directed by Elena Martín, offers an intimate and poignant look at the complexity of sexuality and personal connection. The story follows Mila, played by Elena Martín herself who, after moving with her partner to a new home, faces a loss of desire and sexual appetite that she discovers to be rooted in her own experience. From this turning point, Mila embarks on a journey of self-exploration, immersing herself in memories of her childhood and adolescence in the hope of reconciling with her own body.

The film has captured attention and accolades, standing out not only for Martin's masterful direction, but also for its profound script and captivating performances. Creatura has been recognized by the Catalan Film Academy with six Gaudi Awards, including significant distinctions such as Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress. In addition, it accumulated an impressive total of 15 nominations in various categories.

Mila's journey resonates with audiences by addressing universal themes of self-discovery, acceptance and reconnection with roots. Creatura is not only a cinematic masterpiece, but also an invitation to reflect on the complexity of our personal experiences and the constant search for understanding and connection.

3. The Teacher Who Promised the Sea

The Teacher Who Promised the Sea immerses us in an exciting journey of search and discovery, directed by Patricia Font. The story follows Ariadna, played by Laia Costa who, upon discovering that her grandfather is in search of the remains of her father who disappeared during the Civil War, decides to accompany him on this mission. Her journey takes her to Burgos, where mass graves are being exhumed in search of answers. During her stay, Ariadna encounters the story of Antoni Benaiges, a young teacher from Tarragona played by Enric Auquer who, before the war, made a promise to his students: to take them to see the sea.

The film captivates with its immersive narrative and its profound exploration of family ties and historical memory. Masterful direction and moving performances bring this story to life in an emotional and powerful way. 

The Teacher Who Promised the Sea has been recognized by the Catalan Film Academy with the prestigious Audience Award, demonstrating its impact on audiences. In addition, the film has received seven nominations at the Gaudi Awards, highlighting its excellence in various cinematic areas.

4. Alteritats - Best Documentary Film

Alteritats offers a fascinating journey through the lesbian experiences of four generations in Catalonia, a look at a genealogy of experiences that intertwine to form a rich and diverse portrait. Directed by Alba Cros and Nora Haddad, this documentary immerses us in the complexity of coexisting in a structurally heterosexual world while being part of the LGBTIQ+ collective.

Through the voices and testimonies of women of different ages and backgrounds, Alteritats takes us on an intimate and revealing journey. Each story shared offers a new perspective on what it means to live and love in a society that often fails to recognize and understand the diversity of human experiences.

The documentary has been nominated in two categories at the Gaudi Awards by the Catalan Film Academy, which highlights its relevance and quality in the film scene. This work not only documents the reality of lesbian experiences in Catalonia, but also invites reflection and dialogue on inclusion and respect for diversity.

5. Robot Dreams - Best Animated Film

Robot Dreams immerses us in a touching story based on the popular graphic novel by Sara Varon, directed by Pablo Berger. The plot follows Dog, a lonely dog living in Manhattan, who decides to build a robot to be his friend. As their friendship blossoms, the two become inseparable, navigating the streets of New York in the 1980s. However, one summer night, Dog is forced to abandon the robot on the beach, causing deep sorrow in his heart.

The film captivates with its emotional narrative and unique visual aesthetic, capturing the vibrant spirit of New York City. Pablo Berger's direction shines in bringing this endearing story to life, while the performances and animation add depth and emotion to the characters.

At the XVI Gaudi Awards, Robot Dreams has been recognized with two outstanding awards: Best Original Score, thanks to the talent of Alfonso de Vilallonga, and Best Animated Film. In addition, the film has been nominated in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay, which highlights the quality of its script and its faithful adaptation of the original graphic novel.

6. The Snow Society - Best European Film

The Snow Society, directed by J.A. Bayona, transports us to one of the most powerful survival stories in history. Based on true events, the film recounts the tragic crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in 1972, which was carrying a rugby team to Chile. After crashing into a glacier in the Andes, only 29 of the 45 passengers survive the accident. Trapped in one of the most inaccessible and hostile environments on the planet, they are forced to resort to extreme measures to stay alive.

J.A. Bayona's masterful direction and the compelling performances of the cast transport the viewer into the desperation and struggle for survival of these brave survivors. The film not only portrays the harshness of the extreme conditions in which they find themselves, but also explores the deepest aspects of human nature, from survival instinct to solidarity and sacrifice.

The film has won the award for Best European Film, a recognition of its powerful storytelling and its ability to captivate audiences. This film is much more than a tale of survival; it is a moving testament to the strength of the human spirit and resilience in the most difficult of times.

At Jean Leon we have witnessed the brilliant parade of talent and creativity in this latest edition of the Gaudi Awards. From the excitement of the new directors to the recognition of the most outstanding productions.

A toast to cinema!

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