Films “Alma Viva” and “Great Yarmouth” are candidates for Goya nominations

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The films “Alma Viva” and “Great Yarmouth: Provisional Figures” are Portugal’s candidates for a nomination for the Goya, Spain’s film awards, the Portuguese Film Academy revealed today.

According to the association, “Alma Viva”, by Portuguese-French director Cristèle Alves Meira, is a candidate for a nomination in the Best Ibero-American Film category.

“Great Yarmouth: Provisional Figures”, by Marco Martins, is up for a Goya nomination for Best European Film.

“Alma Viva”, produced by Midas Filmes, “is a portrait of the traditions of Trás-os-Montes, influenced by the Iberian roots that make up [the Portuguese] as a people, moving in a fascinating balance between reality and superstition”, justifies the academy.

Cristèle Alves Meira’s first feature film, “Alma Viva” (Living Soul) is a piece of fiction that deals with emigration, mysticism and the culture of Trás-os-Montes, and was shot entirely in Junqueira, in the municipality of Vimioso, where the director has maternal roots.

Regarding Marco Martins’ feature film, the academy considers that it “reflects on important labor issues of Portuguese emigration, in the context of a United Kingdom on the verge of Brexit, through raw and lacerating language”.

“Great Yarmouth – Provisional Figures”, produced by Uma Pedra no Sapato, is the result of five years of fieldwork by Marco Martins, with actors and non-actors, in the community of Great Yarmouth, a coastal village in England, to which dozens of Portuguese emigrated in search of work in food processing factories.

The Goya is an initiative of the Spanish Film Academy and the 38th edition is scheduled for February 10, 2024.

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