Pain and gloryby Pedro Almodóvar, She will be the Spanish representative in the Oscar category for the best international film. Actress Belén Cuesta has read this designation this morning at the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The selected one has been chosen above While the war lastsby Alejandro Amenábar, Y Buñuel in the labyrinth of the turtlesby Salvador Simó, who completed the trio of shortlisted films – on August 21 – by the Academy so that its members chose the title that will represent Spain at the Oscars. The 92nd edition of the awards will celebrate its gala on Saturday, February 9, 2020 in Los Angeles. It is the seventh time that the institution selects a work by Almodóvar to compete in the Oscars.
At the Academy, producer Esther García said the film will premiere on October 4 in theaters in the United States. "The Sony Classics distributor is already making projections among academics to qualify for other nominations. For us this selection is very important: we are the representatives of Spain." The film has already been screened in the United States at the Telluride festival in Colorado, where Antonio Banderas presented it, which won the award for best actor in Cannes. This weekend will be presented at the Toronto pageant and on September 27 will be seen at the New York festival, for which, in addition, Pedro Almodóvar has designed the poster. Pedro Almodóvar has already entered the finalist quintet twice for the Oscar for best foreign-speaking film with Women at the edge of a nervous attack Y Everything about my mother, which finally won the award in 1999. The filmmaker also won the statuette for the best original screenplay for Talk to her, in 2003, when he was also nominated in the category of best director.
Esther García, 2018 National Cinematography Award, said that in El Deseo you already know what it is to work a film in the United States with a pick and shovel. As for his commercial career in Spain, the film is already on platforms in streaming: "Sony has kept it in some rooms, but the tour is already done." In Spain, the film has exceeded 900,000 viewers and has raised more than six million euros.
In Cannes, where the international career of Pain and glory, Almodóvar spoke with EL PAÍS about this drama starring Salvador Maíllo, a alter ego of the filmmaker incarnated by Antonio Banderas, and thus summed up his love for cinema: "Although Antonio's character is in a more critical situation than mine, I suffered a fear similar to not being able to shoot due to illness, to the absence of any film more, I have a great dependence on filmmaking, it is absolute. That is, for me, the most personal subject of Pain and glory It has been … therapeutic, although I hate that word, because nobody directs as therapy. " Almodóvar has just received the Golden Lion of Honor at the Venice festival.
Another 30 countries have already announced their representatives these days. Sweden sends And Then We Dance, which premiered in the Directors' Fortnight of Cannes; for Uruguay will go TOyes the money exchanger spoke, by Federico Veiroj; Croatia has selected Mali; Brazil sends To Invisível Life of Eurídice Gusmão, from Karim Aïnouz, winner in A certain look; Romania has chosen La Gomera; for Hungary goes Those Who Remained; Japan has preferred the lively Weathering With You; Norway has chosen Out Stealing Horses, Hans Petter Moland, who participated in the last Berlinale; Holland goes Instinct, with Carice von Houten; Morocco sends Adam, of the debutante Maryam Touzani, who was in A certain look; North Macedonia has selected Honeyland, winning documentary at Sundance, and for Colombia will be Monkeys, by Alejandro Landes, Special Jury Prize in Sundance.
On January 13, the nominations will be announced. As in the last editions, a committee will make a pre-selection in the category of statuette for the best international film -which this year has been renamed-, and that short list will be announced at Christmas: academics vote their elected to the nominations from 2 to January 7th. Out of this competition are the Oscar de Honor, which in this edition will receive on October 27, filmmakers David Lynch and Lina Wertmüller and actors Geena Davis and Wes Studi.