‘The Eternal Memory,’ ’20 Days in Mariupol’ score wins ahead of Oscars

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Chilean director Maite Alberti wins best Latin-American film

The two top contenders for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards have something to celebrate ahead of their upcoming Oscar showdown.

on Saturday night, eternal memoryThe film, directed by Chilean filmmaker Maite Alberdi, was named Best Ibero-American Film at the Goya Awards in Valladolid, Spain. Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, Mstislav Chernov’s 20 days in Mariupol Won Best Documentary at the DGA Awards held at the Beverly Hilton.

As he accepted the Goya award – Spain’s equivalent of an Oscar – Alberdi was joined on stage by Paulina Urrutia, one of the film’s two protagonists. eternal memoryOr infinite memory As it is called in Spanish, it tells the love story between Urrutia and Augusto Góngora, a bond that deepened after Augusto was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 62.

Director Maite Alberdi points towards Paulina Urrutia while accepting a Goya Award.

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Urrutia is an actress and academic who served as Chile’s Minister of Culture after the fall of dictator General Augusto Pinochet. Was the co-author of the book Gongora Chile: forbidden memory, which documented the years of political repression under Pinochet. As a journalist during Pinochet’s regime, he helped maintain records of resistance against the dictator, and after the general’s ouster in 1990, Augusto worked to restore his country’s civic memory and cultural vitality. Work done.

In her acceptance speech, Alberti saluted Urrutia for her willingness to publicly share the story of her relationship with her late partner. “Her husband Augusto,” Alberdi said, “said that the way to reconstruct the collective memory is not with numbers or information, but with emotional memory. And even when she lost her memory, she always felt her pain and her love.” Used to remember. Historical memory is created by telling and sharing pain.”

In DGA, 20 days in Mariupol Faced off against fellow Oscar nominee Bobi Wine: The People’s President (Directed by Moses Bweyo and Christopher Sharp); beyond utopia (directed by Madeleine Gavin); Still: A Michael J. fox movie (directed by Davis Guggenheim), and city ​​of kokomoDirected by D. Smith.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Winner Ukrainian Filmmaker Mstislav Chernov

Director Mstislav Chernov presenting his DGA award.

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In an apparently sober acceptance speech, Chernov made reference to the award plaque. “I want to thank the DGA for this recognition, although unfortunately we cannot stop a bullet or save a child from shrapnel with it,” he said in his hometown of Kharkiv, Ukraine. But on the same day the Russian army bombed.

“Seven people were killed, including three children. So, it’s a sad day,” he said. “At the same time, I recognize the power of cinema, standing here and looking at you because when those kids, when those people run [from] With bombs falling on them, they sit in basements and watch movies to deal with their fear. Cinema not only leaves stories in history for the next generations… I think it also helps us all deal with the sometimes unbearable world, the unfair world and helps us to stop what bad has happened and do better. Gives hope towards the future.

20 days in Mariupol Nominations have been made for another upcoming Oscar bellwether – the PGA Awards, which will be held on Sunday, February 25 in Hollywood. It is the only Oscar-nominated documentary to receive a PGA nomination; Other films in the category are American Symphony, beyond utopia, disappearance of shere hit, mother of all lies, smoke sauna sisterhoodAnd Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis),

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