Chilean film La Nana gets three nods for People’s cinematic awards

Largest Spanish-language magazine in U.S. nominates Chilean film three times over. Winners will be decided in an online vote and announced at the end of 2010.


Chilean film La nana (The Maid) continues to rake in award nominations, more than a year after its release, the latest being one of the most distinguished films of the year by People Magazine’s Spanish edition.

The film, which was up for a Golden Globe last year, its director Sebastian Silva and lead actress, Catalina Saavedra, have each received a nomination for the publication’s yearly film awards. Winners will be decided by readers online and announced in its issue at the end of year.

La nana, a dark comedy about a maid living with a upper-middle class family in Santiago, is up for Best Film, alongside El secreto de sus ojos, from Argentina, which won best foreign film at this year’s Oscars.

Saavedra is up for Best Actress and Silva is also nominated for Best Director.

People’s Spanish-language edition (People en espanol) has a monthly readership of more than 6 million people, and is considered the largest Spanish-language magazine in the Unites States.

The latest nominations join a long list of acclaim for the film since its release in 2009. For her part, Saavedra won the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Acting at Sundance and Best Breakthrough Performance at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.  It then tied with Pedro Almodovar’s film Broken embraces for Best Foreign-language Film at the Satellite Awards, given out by the International Press Academy.

The film later went on to be nominated for a Golden Globe but lost to Germany’s White ribbon.

While the film is currently up for the awards on People’s website, both Silva and Saavedra have taken on new projects – Silva has been busy filming an HBO television series and a new film, while Saavedra will star in a star-studded edition of Chile’s famous play La pergola de las flores, which will run as part of the country’s Bicentennial celebrations in September.