Almenabar film nominated for Oscar

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1 October 2004, MADRID- "Mar Adentro" (The Sea Within) by director Alejandro Amenabar was selected Friday by Spain's film academy to compete for an Oscar in the best foreign film category.

1 October 2004

MADRID- "Mar Adentro" (The Sea Within) by director Alejandro Amenabar was selected Friday by Spain's film academy to compete for an Oscar in the best foreign film category.

The film, which picked up the jury grand prize Silver Lion award at the Venice film festival last month, tells the story of a paralysed man who wants to commit suicide.

While pulling no punches in telling the story of Ramon Sampedro, "Mar Adentro" manages the trick of being an uplifting film about illness and death as it recounts Sampedro's losing battle in the Spanish court system for the legal right to assisted suicide and the taking of his own life.

The film has sparked a debate in Spain about the issue of euthanasia as Sampedro was helped to die by an unknown person.

The government of prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero faces new pressure to change existing laws which ban helping someone to take their lives.

The US Academy Awards committee will reveal towards the end of January the name of the five foreign films it will select to contend for the Oscar for best foreign film.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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