Three Spanish are pre-representatives in the race for the Oscars.
Handia (also known as Aundiya) directed by Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño, Todos lo Saben (Everybody Knows) by Asghar Farhadi and Campeones (Champions) by Javier Fesser are the three movies that were selected among a list of 43 films that were released between October 1st 2017 and September 30th 2018. Next month, specifically September 6th, we will know which one will represent Spain during the 91st Academy Awards.
The president of the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España (Spanish for ‘Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences’, AACCE), Mariano Barroso, announced the movies a few weeks ago that those three movies are really good examples of the path the Spanish movie industry is moving towards and that they are all good candidates to run for the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film.
Campeones tells the story of a basketball coach that is forced to work with a team of mentally disabled players. It has soon become one of the most successful movies of the year with over three million viewers and over €17 million in revenue.
Handia is a period drama telling the story of the tallest man on Earth. It is a story based on true events and set in the Basque Country. It was the absolute winner of this year´s Goya awards with 10 awards including Best Original Screenplay, Best New Actor (Eneko Sagardoy), and Best Original Score (Pascal Gaigne).
Last but not least, Todos lo Saben, is the second Spanish-language film to open Cannes, following Pedro Almodovar’s “Bad Education” in 2004. Starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, it is a thriller telling the trip from Argentina back to Spain of a Spanish woman. The trip is full of unexpected events that bring secrets into her life.
The costume designing process behind the three movies is wonderful and we look forward to knowing the movie that will represent Spain in February next year.