The film, which Sony Pictures Classics will release in the U.S. on December 21, was selected by the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from a shortlist of three titles including Iciar Bollain’s The Olive Tree and Paula Oritz’s The Bride.
Julieta, Almodovar’s 20th film, premiered in competition at Cannes this year and was welcomed by critics and festgoers. Produced by Esther Garcia through brothers Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s banner El Deseo, the film is based on three short stories by Canadian Nobel laureate Alice Munro. It follows the story of a woman who lives in Madrid with her daughter Anita who both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Anita’s father and Julieta’s husband. The grief eventually drives them apart, and Anita abandons her mother age 18 without an explanation.
Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suarez, Rossy de Palma and Michelle Jenner star in the film, which was released in Spain in April through Warner Bros. and grossed $2.4 million in the territory.
Spain has won the Foreign Language Oscar category four times with the most recent win in 2004 with Alejandro Amenabar’s The Sea Inside. The last time an Almodovar title was selected by the Spanish Academy as the country’s Oscar submission was in 2006 with Volver.
2016 Foreign Language Film Oscar Submissions
- Armenia – Earthquake – Sarik Andreasyan
- Australia – Tanna – Bentley Dean/Martin Butler
- Austria – Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe – Maria Schrader
- Belgium – The Ardennes – Robin Pront
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Death in Sarajevo – Danis Tanovic
- Croatia – On the Other Side – Zrinko Ogresta
- Cuba – The Companion – Pavel Giroud
- Egypt – Clash – Mohamed Diab
- Finland – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki – Juho Kuosmanen
- Georgia – House of Others – Rusudan Glurjidze
- Germany – Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
- Hungary – Kills on Wheels – Atilla Till
- Iraq – El Clásico – Halkawt Mustafa
- Japan – Haha to Kuraseba – Yoji Yamada
- Nepal – The Black Hen – Min Bahadur Bham
- The Netherlands – Tonio – Paula van der Oest
- Romania – Sieranevada – Cristi Puiu
- Saudi Arabia – Barakah Meets Barakah – Mahmoud Sabbagh
- Serbia – Train Driver’s Diary – Miloš Radović
- South Korea – The Age of Shadows – Kim Jee-woon
- Spain – Julieta – Pedro Almodovar
- Sweden – A Man Called Ove – Hannes Holm
- Switzerland – My Life as a Courgette – Claude Barras
- Tunisia – The Flower of Aleppo – Ridha Behi
- Venezuela – From Afar – Lorenzo Vigas
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