Photo: "Aquel no era yo"
The team behind Spain’s “Aquel no era yo” (“That Wasn’t Me”) were at a reception on the roof of the Andaz West Hollywood Hotel as part of their campaign for the Oscar in the category of Best Short Film, Live Action.
Director Esteban Crespo, star Gustavo Salmeron and members of the crew screened the film for around 100 invited guests, including a substantial contingent from Southern California’s Spanish expat community.
The event, organized by the Madrid regional government and the Spanish Tourist Office in Los Angeles, showcased both Crespo’s film and the attractions of Spain’s capital as a vacation destination.
“I’m enjoying the experience,” the filmmaker told Efe as he gazed down on the city.
Since arriving here at the beginning of the month, Crespo and his colleagues have been taking every opportunity to get “Aquel no era yo” in front of the Academy voters before the March 2 Oscar gala.
“I came with the intention to do everything we could to win that Oscar and we are calm in the knowledge that we have done everything,” he said. “If we don’t win it’s because there is another film that’s better, or because it just works out that way.”
Crespo sees “The Voorman Problem,” featuring “Hobbit” star Martin Freeman, as the main rival to his film.
“If you have an actor of that level, your campaign is at another level than ours,” the Spaniard acknowledged.
“I am very conscious of how the Academy works. The best films don’t win,” Crespo said. “For me, in fact, I love watching the ceremony, (but) the film I want never wins.”