'Argentina, 1985' triumphs at the Goya Awards
The film 'Argentina, 1985' won the Goya Award for the Best Ibero-American Film in Seville.
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Argentina, 1985 continues reaping success since its premiere in Venice in Spring of 2022. After winning the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and being nominated for Best International Film at the Academy Awards, the film starring the renowned actor Ricardo Darín won the Goya for Best Ibero-American Film on Saturday night, Feb. 11.
The ceremony was held in the Spanish city of Seville, and was attended by the film's director Santiago Mitre, producers Agustina Llambí-Campbell and Federico Posternak, and actor Peter Lanzani, who co-stars.
“We saw how such an Argentine story was valued by different audiences that go through such particular situations and are so different and so similar at the same time. Those same wounds unite us all. The only way to fight against that is with Justice,” said Lanzani after receiving the award alongside the cast.
Argentina, 1985 won over Chile's 1976, La Jauría from Colombia, Utama from Bolivia, and Noche de Fuego from Mexico.
With this triumph, Argentina wins its 19th Goya for Best Ibero-American Film. It is followed by Chile with five, and Cuba with four.
What is Argentina, 1985 about?
Argentina, 1985 is a painful but necessary film for Latin America. The Argentine film tells the story of prosecutors Julio Strassera (Ricardo Darín) and Luis Moreno Ocampo (Peter Lanzani), who in 1985 brought the commanders of the last dictatorship of the country to trial.
The military was accused of having committed crimes against humanity during the regime of Jorge Rafael Videla. He was considered — along with Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay — one of the bloodiest dictators in South America. The film, although a fictional drama, is inspired by these real events and shows how both prosecutors handled the case without being intimidated by political power and threats.
“The 1985 trial is a fundamental fact for Argentina. It inaugurates democracy and at the same time condemns violence as a possibility. We believed that cinema had to portray it, and we are proud to have been the first to present it to the world. Why hasn't a movie like this been made before? I couldn't tell. Perhaps time was needed to be able to tell this story,” said Mitre during the premiere in Venice.
Argentina, 1985 is available to stream on Prime Video.