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Game of Thrones looks to Spain for Season Five

The producers of the fantasy TV drama Game of Thrones are looking to film part of the fifth season of the hit show in Spain, with the southern region of Andalusia on the location list.

Game of Thrones looks to Spain for Season Five
Games of Thrones character Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke. Photo: C. More

Want to see Daenerys Targaryen or Tyrion Lannister in Andalusia?

This is what's on the cards with the makers of the HBO drama eying a Spanish backdrop for some of its fifth season, according to US magazine Entertainment Daily.

The US ambassador to Spain and one-time HBO employee has also confirmed the rumours.

SEE ALSO: The Local Germany's interview with the Game of Thrones actor Sibel Kekilli.

The channel "is looking at filming in Spain. They are in firm negotiations with the Andalusian Film Commission", he told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.     

"I don't work for them anymore, and I don't know the details of what HBO is considering, but if you know the series, you will know it's something important, that they do things on a large scale, and that this will translate into a huge economic boost," Costos added. 

If the shoot goes ahead, Spain will become the seventh country to feature in the TV show based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels.  

The show would also become the latest in a long line of big budget productions set in Spain. These include Ridely Scott's biblical epic Moses and the Ron Howard drama in the Heart of the Sea.

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‘The Girls’ wins big at Spain’s live-streamed 2021 Goya awards

Pilar Palomero’s debut coming of age film ‘Girls’ was the big winner at the 2021 Goya Awards on Saturday, held via a live-streamed ceremony.

‘The Girls’ wins big at Spain's live-streamed 2021 Goya awards
Antonio Banderas presented the 35th Goya Awards with Spanish journalist María Casado. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

The Goyas, Spain’s prestigious annual film awards ceremony, was held at the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank in Málaga. It was a hybrid on-site/virtual ceremony, with no audience nor nominees attending in person.

‘The Girls’, a generation portrait of Spanish women who would now be in their 40s, swept the awards, winning best picture, best new director, best original screenplay, and best cinematography.

Nominees appeared on a large video screen in a Zoom-like setup, and winners accepted prizes from their own homes with their families, giving the ceremony a more intimate feel than usual.

Málaga-born Antonio Banderas directed the ceremony, and other big stars such as Pedro Almodóvar, Penélope Cruz, Paz Vega, and Alejandro Amenábar also made appearances to present the awards.

The non-audience format gave the ceremony, which is broadcast on TV, a larger reach than usual. Celebrities including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, and Isabelle Huppert sent in pre-recorded messages of support.

Just two days before international women’s day, gender issues featured strongly in nominated films and acceptance speeches. Women won almost as much as men, taking 12 categories, and Daniela Cajías became the first woman director of photography to win the best cinematography award for “Girls.”

In other categories, Mario Casas won best actor for “No Matarás” (Cross the Line), about a good-natured man who has an unexpectedly deadly confrontation, and Patricia López Arnaíz won best actress for her role in Ane (Ane is Missing), in which she plays a mother who investigates her daughter’s disappearance.

The Honorary Goya was awarded to actress Angela Molina, who starred in Luis Buñuel’s last film, “The Obscure Object of Desire”.

Last year, Pedro Almodóvar’s semi-autobiographical film Pain and Glory was the star of the ceremony, winning seven honours, including best picture, best director, original screenplay, and best actor for Antonio Banderas.

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