Trueba Collects Two Goya Awards for the Spanish Film “Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados”

David Trueba is no longer a Goya Awards bridesmaid…

The 44-year-old Spanish novelist, film director and screenwriter, previously nominated for eight Goya Awards, picked up multiple awards at the 28th edition of Spain’s equivalent to the Academy Awards.

David Trueba

Trueba earned Best Director and Best Original Screenplay honors for writing and helming his hit Spanish film Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados (Living is Easy With Eyes Closed).

The film also landed the Spanish Film Academy’s top prize for Best Film.

Trueba’s film, based on the true story of an English teacher who motivated his students using Beatles music, beat out Gracias Querejeta’s 15 Years and a Day, Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Cannibal, Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s Family United and Fernando Franco’s Wounded.


Meanwhile, Alex de la Iglesia’s fantastical Witching & Bitching swept up eight categories, including most of the technical awards, while Living took six awards — among them original score and lead actor.


Editor Fernando Franco won the best new director award for his directorial debut Wounded, while Marian Alvarez won the best actress statue, snagging it in a symbolically young group of actresses with the youngest average age ever for the category.


Miguel Ferrari’s Azul y no Tan Rosa won Venezuela’s first Goya ever for the Best Ibero-American film.

Here’s a complete list of this year’s Goya Award winner:

 Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
 Fernando Trueba P.C., S.A.

David Trueba for Living is Easy with Eyes Closed

New Director
 Fernando Franco for Wounded

Original Screenplay
 David Trueba for Living is Easy with Eyes Closed

Adapted Screenplay
 Mariano Barroso and Alejandro Hernandez for Todas las Mujeres

Lead Actor
 Javier Camara for Living is Easy with Eyes Closed

Lead Actress
 Marian Alvarez for Wounded

Supporting Actor 
Roberto Alamo for Family United

Supporting Actress 
Terele Pavez for Witching & Bitching

New Actor
 Javier Pereira for Stockholm

New Actress
 Natalia de Molina for Living is Easy with Eyes Closed

Artistic Director 
Arturo Garcia Biaffra, Jose Luis Arrizabalaga for Witching & Bitching

Production Design
 Carlos Bernases for Witching & Bitching

Original Score
Pat Metheny for Living is Easy with Eyes Closed

Original Song
Do You Really Want to Be in Love?
By Josh Rouse for Family United

Pau Esteve Birba for Cannibal

 Pablo Blanco for Witching & Bitching

Francisco Delgado Lopez for Witching & Bitching

Hair and makeup
 Maria Dolores Gomez Castro, Javier Hernandez Valentin, Pedro Rodriguez and Francisco J. Rodriguez Frias for Witching & Bitching

 Charly Schmukler and Nicolas de Poulpiquet for Witching & Bitching

Special Effect
 Juan Ramon Molina and Ferran Piquer for Witching & Bitching

Animated Feature
 Foosball, Jempsa, S.Al, Plural Jempsa and Antena 3

Documentary Feature Las Maestras de la Republica, directed by Pilar Perez Solano

IberoAmerican Film
 Azul y no Tan Rosa, directed by Miguel Ferrari

European Film
 Amour directed by Michael Haneke

Fiction Short
 Abstenerse Agenciasby Gaizka Urresti

Documentary Short
 Minerita by Raul de la Fuente

Animated Short Cuerdas directed by Pedro Solis Garcia

Honorary Goya
 Jaime de Arminan

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