The Colombian film ‘The blood and the rain’ has been nominated for Best Picture at 2010’s Goya Awards for Hispanic cinema in Spain.
It has also been nominated as Best Latin-American Film. Winning the first round of voting in mid-January would be a very important step for the film, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain only supports one film per participating country.
This is the second Colombian film selected to compete in this prestigious European festival, reports arts and culture site Bogota Vive In.
The Goya Awards began 22 years ago to reward Spanish filmmakers. The award consists of a bust of Francisco de Goya awarded by the Academy, which was created in 1986 to promote the film and related arts. The, Goya Awards are awarded annually to nominees from any Spanish-speaking country that wishes to participate.
‘The blood and the rain’ revolves around a one-night encounter between Jorge (Quique Mendoza) and Angela (Gloria Montaya) in the rainy streets of Bogota. Cab driver Jorge picks up artist Angela, but has an accident just after dropping her off. Angela takes Jorge to the hospital and ends up tagging along as he investigates his brother’s murder and prepares to meet the probable killers later that night.
The film has participated in the Venice International Film Festival, and the Biarritz Film Festival in Spain. It will also appear soon at the First Annual Film Festival of Cali, the 50th International Film Festival of Thessaloniki, Greece, and the 8th Discovering Latin American Film Festival in London.
The film will open in cinemas across Colombia in late October.
Jorge Navas, the film’s young director, has already won awards in Colombia, the U.S., Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, France, and Germany.