Foreign Language Oscar: Italy Enters ‘The Great Beauty’; Spain Goes For ’15 Years’

It’s little surprise that Italy has selected Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty as its Foreign Language Oscar submission, but Spain’s 15 Years And A Day is a slightly more obscure pick. The Great Beauty was a Cannes contender earlier this year that drew strong reviews. The story of an aging writer recollecting his lost youth stars Toni Servillo and was picked up by Janus Films for the U.S. last month with a November 15th limited release planned. Italy hasn’t scored a nomination since 2005’s Don’t Tell. Meanwhile, Spain’s entry hails from director Gracia Querejeta. It won prizes at the Malaga Film Festival this year and tells the story of an unemployed mother and her troubled son who is sent to live with his grandfather after being expelled from school. The movie was released in Spain in June and has made about $544K. Spain sent black-and-white drama Blancanieves to the Oscars last year but failed to bag a nomination. Its last was in 2004 when The Sea Inside went on to a win.

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