Trueba’s dream fades
His chances are over. Fernando Trueba will not be able to clinch a repeat Oscar win. His film The Dancer and the Thief [+see also:
film profile], which received a lukewarm reception from critics and audiences (barely 250,000 admissions), has been ruled out of the race for the coveted statuette in the new shortlist announced yesterday, which has cut the contenders down to just nine.
The decision of the Academy, which raised a few doubts at the time, will once again be called into question in light of the recent accolades garnered by Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces [+see also:
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile], which is enjoying considerable success in the US, judging by its triumph at the US Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globe nomination.
Oddly enough, the nine finalists include two majority Spanish productions representing other countries: Peru (Claudia Llosa’s The Milk of Sorrow [+see also:
film profile], 80% co-produced by Spain via Wanda Visión and Oberón) and Argentina (Juan José Campanella’s The Secret In Their Eyes [+see also:
Interview Juan José Campanella [IT]
Interview Ricardo Darín [IT]
Interview Soledad Villemin [IT]
film profile], 54% co-produced by Spain’s Tornasol Films).
(Translated from Spanish)
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