The Spanish Cinema Academy's preliminary selection of three titles for the foreign-language Oscar submission includes Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her, Jose Luis Garci's Story Of A Kiss and Fernando Leon's Mondays In The Sun.
The pre-selection will be whittled down to one nominee, unveiled on November 11. The Academy introduced the two-tiered nominating system last year with the objective of boosting promotion for more films. Actress Marisa Paredes, current president of the Academy, presented the pre-selection today in Madrid.
If the internationally-lauded Almodovar wins the nomination it will be his third, after 1989's Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres Al Borde De Un Ataque De Nervios) and 1999 Oscar-winner All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre). Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella) closed the New York Film Festival earlier this month.
Garci (pictured) has been nominated out of Spain six times, most recently in 2000 for You're The One. He has made it into the final five four times, taking home the Oscar for 1982's To Begin Again (Volver A Empezar). Kiss (Historia De Un Beso) premieres in Spain on Friday.
Leon won the top Golden Shell award for Mondays In The Sun (Los Lunes Al Sol) at last month's San Sebastian International Film Festival. The film stars Javier Bardem, previously nominated for a best actor Oscar for Before Night Falls.