This Saturday, February 11, the 37th Goya Awards ceremony will be held; an appointment to which the suffocating thriller ‘As bestas’ by Rodrigo Sorogoyen arrives as the best positioned with a whopping 17 nominations —which is said soon—, and which is followed by other great sensations of the year such as ‘Cinco lobitos’ or ‘Modelo 77’.
After reviewing the complete list of nominations, it is the perfect time to select the titles that we may have been pending. Here we collect all the films nominated for the Goya 2023 that are available on a streaming platform.
Direction: Javier Ruiz Caldera, Alberto de Toro
Cast: Miki Esparbé, Aura Garrido, Luis Callejo, Álvaro Cervantes, Manel Llunell, Jesús Carroza
Two years after its appearance at the Sitges Festival, this hilarious war adventure in an undead key, set in the Civil War and co-directed with four hands by Javier Ruiz Caldera and Alberto de Toro, it arrives at the Goyas with a couple of nominations for best costumes and best special effects. It is currently available on Netflix.
Criticism in Espinof: ‘Malnazidos’. An exceptional war adventure with coup leaders, republicans… and tons of living dead
‘Five little wolves’
Direction: Alauda Ruiz de Azúa
Cast: Laia Costa, Susi Sánchez, Ramón Barea, Mikel Bustamante, José Ramón Soroiz, Amber Williams
The feature film debut of Alauda Ruiz de Azúa and her emotional story about motherhood part as one of the great favorites of the night with eleven nominations that are added to the seven obtained in the Feroz and to the five awards that it scratched in the last edition of the Malaga Festival, including the one for best film. You can see it on HBO Max, Movistar + and Filmin.
Criticism in Espinof: ‘Cinco lobitos’: a magnificent and sincere portrait of motherhood that won the Biznaga de Oro at the Malaga Festival
‘The Crystal Girls’
Direction: Jota Linares
Cast: María Pedraza, Paula Losada, Marta Hazas, Ana Wagener, Jota Castellano, Olivia Baglivi, Mona Martínez
After passing through the official section of the last edition of the Malaga Festival, the new by Jota Linares after ‘Who would you take to a deserted island?’ could leave the Goya award ceremony with a big head for the best original music. It’s a Netflix production, so obviously it can be streamed on Netflix.
Criticism in Espinof: ‘The crystal girls’: the irregular Netflix film has a spectacular leading duo
Direction: Alberto Vazquez
After passing through the Sitges Festival, where it attracted the attention of locals and strangers alike with its peculiar animated war festival, ‘Unicorn Wars’ reaches the Goyas with a nomination for best animated film. Vázquez once again exudes talent after his celebrated and multi-award winning ‘Psiconautas’ with a violent and raw festival in which ‘Apocalypse Now’ collides with ‘Los osos amorosos’. You can see it on Movistar+.
Criticism in Espinof: It is a jewel of animation for adults and is nominated for the Goya Award: a devastating portrait of authoritarianism with echoes of ‘Apocalypse Now’ that can already be seen in streaming
‘On the margins’
Direction: Juan Diego Botto
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Adelfa Calvo, Christian Checa, Aixa Villagrán, Font García…
In addition to its cinematographic values, ‘On the margins’ has become one of the national film phenomena of 2022 due to its very strong sociopolitical component. Based on the endemic drama of evictions in our country, Juan Diego Botto shapes a feature film that reaches the Goyas with five nominations in the backpack, including best actor —Luis Tosar—, best supporting actress —Penelope Cruz— and best new director. You can watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
Criticism in Espinof: ‘On the margins’: Penélope Cruz and Luis Tosar raise an elongated episode of ‘Bart’s people’
‘It was the hand of God’ (‘This is the hand of God’)
Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Luisa Ranieri, Teresa Saponangelo, Marlon Joubert, Lino Musella
Entering the field of nominees for the best European film, we find ‘It was the hand of God’, the latest work by Paolo Sorrentino with which the Italian takes us to the 80s to discover the city of Naples through the eyes of Fabietto, its protagonist. It arrives preceded by an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination and is available on Netflix.
Criticism in Espinof: ‘It was the hand of God’ is pure emotion: Netflix welcomes the beautiful Neapolitan rite of passage of the best Paolo Sorrentino
‘The worst person in the world’ (‘Verdens verste menneske’)
Direction: Joachim Trier
Cast: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum, Silje Storstein, Maria Grazia Di Meo
The Norwegian film ‘The worst person in the world’ also competes for the Goya for the best European film after opting for the Oscar for best original screenplay and best international film and after making half the world fall in love during the last awards season thanks to his peculiar vision of romantic dramedy. It can be seen on Movistar+.
Criticism in Espinof: ‘The worst person in the world’: the Norwegian sensation nominated for an Oscar defines millennial life on the margins of conventional storytelling
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Jude Hill, Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds…
Aligning himself with filmmakers such as Alfonso Cuarón, David O. Russell and, more recently, Steven Spielberg, Branagh also drew on memory and went back to his childhood to shape one of the best films of 2021. With Belfast, the filmmaker took us to Northern Ireland in the 1960s in a fantastic exercise in form and depth that, after garnering seven Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for its year, reaches the Goya with a nomination for best European film under the arm. You can buy it on Rakuten TV for €8.99.
Criticism in Espinof: ‘Belfast’ is impressive: Kenneth Branagh achieves a moving artistic triumph capturing the Irish conflict through innocence
‘The lost illusions’ (‘Illusions perdues’)
Direction: Xavier Giannoli
Cast: Benjamin Voisin, Cécile De France, Vincent Lacoste, Xavier Dolan, Salomé Dewaels, Jeanne Balibar, Gérard Depardieu
After sweep the César Awards with 7 awards that included best film and best cinematography, the new film by Xavier Giannoli opts to win the Goya for best European film thanks to its adaptation of Balzac set in the 19th century. It is in the Movistar+ catalog.
‘A small world’ (‘Un monde’)
Directed by: Laura Wandel
Cast: Maya Vanderbeque, Günter Duret, Karim Leklou, Laura Verlinden, Léna Girard Voss, Thao Maerten
Laura Wandel’s feature film debut and her harsh view on bullying captivated at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI award for best film. Now, he is up for the Goya for the best European film. If you want to check why, you can do it at Movistar+.
Criticism in Espinof: Bullying is counted as a prison thriller in this wonderful Belgian film nominated for a Goya that you can watch on streaming
Address: Santiago Miter
Cast: Ricardo Darín, Peter Lanzani, Alejandra Flechner, Carlos Portaluppi, Norman Briski, Héctor Díaz
Finally, we immerse ourselves in the category of Best Ibero-American film, in which ‘Argentina, 1985’ stands out, the brand new winner of the FIPRESCI prize in the last edition of the Venice Festival and the public prize in San Sebastián. You can enjoy his exploration of the Trial of the Juntas against high-ranking officers of the Argentine dictatorship on Amazon Prime Video.
Criticism in Espinof: ‘Argentina, 1985’ finds the perfect middle ground between judicial drama and comedy with an excellent Ricardo Darín
Direction: Tatiana Huezo
Cast: Ana Cristina Ordóñez González, Giselle Barrera Sánchez, Mayra Batalla, Norma Pablo, Guillermo Villegas,
Our latest nominee available in streaming comes from Mexico, is directed by Tatiana Huezo, and lands at the Goya after a great international career in the 2021-2022 awards season, scratching prizes and nominations in different competitions and events such as Cannes, San Sebastián. It is available on Netflix.