EVEN THE RAIN, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, to be Spain’s submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 28th, 2010

We have yet another Oscar submission, and this time, it’s got one hell of a star backing it.

According to THR, Spain has picked their project, and the outlet is reporting that Iciar Bollain’s film, EVEN THE RAIN, has been tapped by the nation to represent it at this year’s Academy Awards. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Tosar, and has been scribed by Paul Laverty, best known for his work with Ken Loach.

Talk about a pedigree.

EVEN THE RAIN follows a group of filmmakers who shoot a film about Christopher Columbus, and end up getting involved in the struggle by peasants against the area’s government, who force them to pay for water amongst other things.

I haven’t heard much buzz about the film, as goes for the other announcement today, the Bosnian film CIRKUS COLUMBIA, but it does boast one hell of a pedigree. The premise itself sounds good enough, and very few countries produce films at such a high quality as Spain. However, without any sort of domestic distribution, this is one of the submissions we may not see for a long time.

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