Miro’s ‘Manger’ tops Spain’s Goya noms

MADRID – Pilar Miro’s “A Dog in the Manger” (El Perro del hortelano), which has grossed $1.3 million at local wickets and is still going strong, has nabbed 12 nominations for this month’s Goya awards, Spain’s premier film awards.

The pic retains the original rhyming dialogue of 16th-century playwright Lope de Vega. It ran out of production finance halfway through shooting and had to be rescued by local indie producers Andres Vicente Gomez, Pedro Perez and Enrique Cerezo.

“Dog in the Manger” opened to critical acclaim; even Spain’s highly popular King Juan Carlos I attended the premiere and laughed at some of the jokes.

Vying with “Manger” for the best picture award are the debut feature of Alejandro Amenabar, the thriller “Thesis,” with eight nominations, and Imanol Uribe’s swipe at Spanish racism, “Bwana,” already Spain’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar category.

One of the hardest-fought Goya categories is liable to be that for best new director: Amenabar for “Thesis”; David Trueba for “The Good Life” (La buena vida); and Alfonso Albacete, Miguel Bardim and David Menkes for the raunchy sex drama “Not Love, Just Frenzy” (Mas que amor frenesi) made the final cut.

The Spanish Academy Goyas will be awarded at a gala ceremony Jan. 25.

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