Alejandro Amenabar's TheSea Inside (Mar Adentro), Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education (La Mala Educacion) and multiple Oscar nominee JoseLuis Garci's Tiovivo De Madrid C. 1950have made Spain's short-list for the nomination to the foreign-language Oscar.The final nominee will be announced October 1.

Almodovar scored his best ever opening in Spain with BadEducation which grossed $1.6m and245,000 admissions from 158 prints over its opening three days. The El Deseoproduction opened this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Alejandro Amenabar's acclaimed The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) got off to a superb start in Spain,selling nearly 450,000 tickets over its first weekend for a $2.8m gross. Thedrama played in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Jose Luis Garci's TiovivoDe Madrid C. 1950 is a Euros 3.6m film about two days in 1950 Madrid - fullof the drama and humour of life in that time and place.