“Do you know why the entire crew on a short film comes up to collect the Goya?”, asked Dani Rovira at the gala last Saturday, “because on shorts, nobody gets paid, and it makes them much more excited about coming up to get the award.”
The precariousness of the short filmmaking in Spain is already known throughout the industry and is inversely proportional to the quality of its productions and to the international recognition. And as a sample, the three winners of the 2017 Goyas, which you can see on Feelmakers.com
The members of the Spanish Film Academy did not disappoint. And the expectations were already too high for the latest short film by Juanjo Giménez, which literally walked away with everything: Cannes, Gaudí Awards, Zinebi, Ghent and a long list of selections and awards, with its greatest challenge yet coming with its next stop: the Oscar awards.
Timecode deals with just that, precariousness: frustration at not being able to perform at work, the 12-hour days in tedious jobs for which you are overqualified, but also empathy, camaraderie and freedom of expression.
In his speech, the filmmaker thanked the Academy: “for allowing short films to share the gala with us.” A whole declaration of intent 🙂
The idea of Talking Heads came about when the mother of Juan Vicente Córdoba was admitted to a residence as an Alzheimer patient. That’s why the director, when he received the statuette, dedicated it to her and said: “Mom, I’ll go tomorrow like every week to see you at the residence and dance with you songs by Chavela Vargas and Maria Dolores Pradera. Because my mother forgets many things in her life, but not the lyrics to those songs.”
The documentary short film is a mosaic of life composed of people of different ages, professions and social classes who talk about their concerns and their dreams by answering two simple questions: who are they and what do they want from life.
Alberto Vázquez was the protagonist of a milestone in the history of the Goya Awards when he won two Goya awards in a row, for Best Animated Short Film and Best Feature Animation.
He had not yet settled back into his seat from the first prize when he had to go out again to pick up the second one.
Decorado reads, “The world is a wonderful stage, but it has a deplorable cast”. The producer of Vazquez complained to the press when receiving one of the Goyas: “I dedicate it to Alberto Vazquez, who is an animation monster. And animation, gentlemen, is cinema. I want to remind the fellow journalists that if a fiction director had been nominated in the same year in two categories, short and full length, it would be on all the front pages. Alberto Vázquez would deserve the same.”