Soldiers Of Salamina, Danube Hotel and South From Granada have made Spain's short-list for the nomination to the foreign-language Oscar. The final nominee will be announced October 1.
Meanwhile, Sea Of Silence (Verder Dan De Maan) by Stijn Coninx has been selected as this year's Belgian entry for the Foreign-language Academy Awards.
David Trueba's literary adaptation Soldiers Of Salamina (Soldados De Salamina) screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year and picked up a best script nod at the Copenhagen International Film Festival last month. Adriana Gil stars as a despondent writer who finds new purpose investigating an episode in the Spanish Civil War. Lolafilms' Andres Vicente Gomez and Cristina Huete of Fernando Trueba PC, the company named for the director's Oscar-winning brother, produced.
Meanwhile Oscar winner Jose Luis Garci's Nickel Odeon Dos co-produced Antonio Gimenez Rico's Danube Hotel (Hotel Danubio), a noir period thriller which premiered at the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga last May. Like much of Garci's cinema, Danube has the lush look and feel of a mid-century Hollywood film..
Fernando Colomo loosely takes on the life of British hispanist Gerald Brenan in small-town period comedy South From Granada (Al Sur De Granada). A Colomo co-production with Sogecine, Granada is the fourth top-grossing local hit so far this year. The young starring cast includes Guillermo Toledo, Matthew Goode as Brenan and newcomer Veronica Sanchez.
Although Spain's pick last year of Fernando Leon's Mondays In The Sun (Los Lunes Al Sol) did not make it into the Oscar's final five, Pedro Almodovar did bring home a landmark best original screenplay prize for his Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella).