Magazine article Screen International

Spain Chooses Black Bread over Almodovar for Oscar Race

Magazine article Screen International

Spain Chooses Black Bread over Almodovar for Oscar Race

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The Spanish Film Academy has made the surprising decision of putting forward Agusti Villaronga's post Spanish Civil War drama Black Bread (Pa Negre) as Spain's entrant for the foreign-language Oscar, snubbing Pedro Almodovar's critically acclaimed film

"To win the Oscar would be fabulous because Agusti deserves it," says Isona Passola, the producer of Black Bread, which is about a young boy living in a small Catalan village who uncovers dark secrets from the past. "After seven years of not filming it, he finally managed to rescue the project from the depths. He's also managed to capture a new audience outside of his regular faithful viewers of his previous films."

Black Bread is unlikely to be perceived as an undeserving entrant, and its nomination isn't a total surprise as the film swept the board at the Goyas, Spain's equivalent to the Oscars, earlier this year.

But it was widely believed that Almodovar's latest film, starring his old muse Antonio Banderas as a risk taking plastic surgeon, would be put forward after it was well received by the critics and is performing well at the box office. …

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