The Argentinean film Wild Tales / relatos salvajes (pictured) -a Spanish co-production with Pedro Almodóvar's El Deseo production company- by Damián Szifron nabbed an impressive number of nine nominations to the 29th Goya Awards given by the Spanish Film Academy, including for Best Film, Best Director and Best Ibero-American Film.
Argentinean actor Ricardo Darín was nominated for Best Actor, and musician Gustavo Santaolalla was nominated for Best Score. The other nominations for Szifron's film include for Best Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, and Best Make-Up. The humorous dark comedy is composed of six shorts united with violence and vengeance as the connecting themes.
Recently, Wild Tales went home with 10 awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences of Argentina. Out of the 21 nominations it received. It also won the Audience Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and it was recently named Best Foreign Language Film by the National Board of Review. Wild Tales was also included in the short list for Best Foreign Language Film for the 87th Academy Awards.
In the Ibero-American film competition, Wild Tales is joined by the Uruguayan film Mr. Kaplan (pictured right) from Álvaro Brechner, Cuba's Conducta / Behavior by Ernesto Daranas, and Venezuela's La distancia más larga from Claudia Pinto.
Additionally, two other Latin American filmmakers have been nominated as well. Mexican director Esteban Roel is competing in the Best New Director for his film Musarañas (co-directed with Juan Fernando Andrés). The documentary film The Salt of the Earth about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, co-directed by his son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado (with Wim Wenders) was nominated as Best European Film.
The winners of the Goya Awards will be announced on February 7, 2015 at a ceremony in Madrid, Spain.