‘Loreak’ to represent Spain at the Oscars

Photo of the town of Enix in Almeria. Credit: Google maps - Juan Mena.

THE Cinematic Arts and Sciences Academy of Spain have unveiled today (Tuesday, September 29) the film that will represent the country at the Oscars this year.

‘Loreak’ (Flowers) is a Basque-speaking movie by Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga, which is to participate in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. It is the first time that a Basque language film has made it as an official Oscar entry. Actors Irene Escolar and Alvaro Cervantes have been in charge of announcing the winner, which is to become the 20th Spanish movie to compete in the awards.

The Cinema Academy had selected two other movies, ‘Magical Girl’ and ‘Felices 140,’ as possible candidates.

The Basque movie was presented in September 2014 at the San Sebastian International Movie Festival and received a nomination for best movie at the Spanish movie Goya awards. This year, it received an RNE award, as well as the Cinema Latino Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

The movie tells the story of a construction worker (Beñat) who is in love with an unhappily married woman (Ane) who is also the administrator at his workplace. He shows his love for her by sending her anonymous flower bouquets every week. Beñat is killed in a car crash and the flowers cease to arrive, as Ane discovers who her secret admirer really was and begins to leave her own bouquets at the site of his death once a week. This leads the man’s widow, Lourdes, to discover there was more to her deceased husband than she thought there was.

The nomination to the Oscars has been difficult to snatch for Spain since, in 2004, Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar won the price for his film “Mar Adentro” (The Sea Inside).

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