Almodovar's Volver to vie for Oscar glory

28th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 September 2006, MADRID — Volver, director Pedro Almodovar's new film, was chosen on Thursday to represent Spain at next year's Oscars.

28 September 2006

MADRID — Volver, director Pedro Almodovar's new film, was chosen on Thursday to represent Spain at next year's Oscars.

The largely autobiographical film, starring Penelope Cruz, beat off competition from Alatriste by Agustin Diaz Janes and Salvador by Manuel Herga, which were also in the running to go to Hollywood in the foreign film category.

The Spanish General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE) chose Volver, which tells the story of a family in Castilla La Mancha.

Almodovar has already won two Oscars for previous films.

In 1999, Todo sobre mi madre (All about my mother) won the best foreign language film and in 2003, Hable con ella (Talk to Her) won another Academy Award in the same category.

In January, the Academy of Peforming Arts in Hollywood will decide if Volver is shortlisted.

Alatriste, starring Vigo Mortensen, brings to the silver screen the swashbuckling hero of the books by  Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

Salvador is the real-life tale of Salvador Puig Antich, who was the last person to be executed by General Franco in the dying days of his dictatorship.

The Oscars are held in February.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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