New York, Nov 20 (EFE).-
The Mexican film “Dive,” which addresses issues of sexual violence and mental health in sports, and its protagonist Karla Souza, triumphed Monday at the gala of the International Emmy Awards In New York.
“Dive,” a drama based on real events, won the two awards it aspired to: best television film and best actress, standing out for being one of the few Latin American titles to come out on top.
Souza, 37, who plays an Olympic diver in the film, said she was in “shock” in statements after the organization of the contest, adding that it cost her “blood, sweat and tears” to develop the project.
The actress, also a producer of the film, underwent tough physical training and spent three years interviewing divers who were victims of sexual abuse, doctors, experts in gender violence and journalists who uncovered the cases, among others.
The film premiered in 2022 on Amazon Prime Video and is directed by Lucia Puenzo.
In these International Emmys, celebrating their 51st edition, there were 15 nominations for Latin America, but apart from “Dive,” the only winner was “A Ponte,” a Brazilian reality show, in the non-scripted entertainment category.
Even in the soap opera category, a traditional Ibero-American bastion, Turkish series “Yargi” (Family Secrets) displaced the Brazilian series “Cara e coragem” and “Pantanal” and Portuguese series “Para semper.”
Australia’s “Harley & Katya” about a couple of figure skaters won the best sports documentary category.
The most awarded country was the United Kingdom, which won important distinctions such as best documentary for “Mariupol: The People’s Story,” about the destruction of that Ukrainian city in the war with Russia, and best actor for Martin Freeman, for “The Responder.”
International Academy Chief Executive Bruce Paisner, who presents the Emmys, spoke of the importance of all these productions and said that “in a tumultuous time, television is once again a common denominator for people around the world.”
In addition to recognizing the best television projects produced outside the United States, two special awards were presented to Britain’s Jesse Armstrong, creator of the series “Succession,” and India’s Ektaa R. Kapoor, co-founder of Balaji Telefilms, for their contributions to international quality. EFE