Photo: "15 años y un dia"
Spain’s Film Academy on Wednesday chose “15 años y un dia” as the Iberian nation’s Oscar entry in the category of best non-English language picture.
Director Gracia Querejeta’s story about the relationship between a troubled teen and his grandfather will also represent Spain at the Ariels, Mexico’s equivalent of the Oscars.
“15 años y un dia” prevailed in the Film Academy’s selection process over “Canibal,” by Manuel Martín Cuenca; “La gran familia española,” a work from Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, y “Alacran enamorado,” by Santiago A. Zannou.
“Very excited” was how Querejeta and producer Gerardo Herrero described themselves during a press conference at the Film Academy.
The Oscar bid signifies a “second chance” for “15 años y un dia” at the Spanish box office, Herrero said, acknowledging that his first move after learning of the academy’s decision was to telephone the film’s distributor to discuss a second premiere.
Both producer and director stressed that the participation of actress Maribel Verdu helped raise the profile of their film.
Five of Verdu’s previous films were submitted by Spain for the Oscar, including 1993’s “Belle Epoque,” which took the statute for best foreign film.