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OSCARS 2011 Spain

Iñárritu’s Biutiful, Bardem head to Hollywood

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Iñárritu’s Biutiful, Bardem head to Hollywood

In a repeat of last year, Spanish entry Even the Rain [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Icíar Bollaín
film profile
]
by Icíar Bollaín hasn’t made it into the final five nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, while a production from another country – Mexican title Biutiful [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
– made with significant Spanish backing (45%) will go on to vie for the coveted statuette. Last year, The Secret In Their Eyes [+see also:
trailer
making of
Interview Juan José Campanella [IT]
Interview Ricardo Darín [IT]
Interview Soledad Villemin [IT]
film profile
]
ended up taking home the Oscar. We’ll have to wait until February 27 to find out if Alejandro González Iñárritu’s fourth feature follows in its footsteps.

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Unlike Argentinean director Juan José Campanella’s outstanding thriller, this production by Mod Producciones (the company’s third after Alejandro Amenábar’s Agora [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
and Oskar Santos’s For The Good of Others [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
) has a much more Spanish flavour, for it is shot entirely in Barcelona and stars Javier Bardem.

Bardem is once again up for an Oscar after his unsuccessful nomination for Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls in 2001, and triumph with the Coen brothers’ No Country For Old Men in 2008. His powerful performance in Iñárritu’s film, which earned him Best Actor prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, has not gone unnoticed in Hollywood and will further boost his reputation as a daring and versatile actor.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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