Spain chooses Pa Negre as its Oscar export

Thanks to our pal iggy for tipping us to Spain’s official Oscar submission, Pa Negre (Black Bread) which he summarizes thusly:

a terrific (but not your typical) coming of age movie during Spanish Civil Post-War with an amazing female ensemble and dealing with sexual repression and homosexuality in times of oppression among other issues.

For our Spanish-speaking readers, here’s a 4.5-star review at ELPAIS.com.

 

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  1. ref_1q85 4 years ago

    mmmm, do not like the movie… I think that The Skin I live In would have had more odds. btw, This is the dubbed version of the movie, the original one in in Catalan, not Spanish… is allowed to submit dubbed versions?

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  2. ref_1q85 4 years ago

    mmmm, do not like the movie… I think that The Skin I live In would have had more odds. btw, This is the dubbed version of the movie, the original one in in Catalan, not Spanish… is allowed to submit dubbed versions?

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  3. AD 4 years ago

    And Italy chooses “Terraferma” by Emanuele Crialese!

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  4. AD 4 years ago

    And Italy chooses “Terraferma” by Emanuele Crialese!

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  5. Ryan Adams 4 years ago

    this is just the first trailer I found.
    the film being submitted is Catalan

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  6. Ryan Adams 4 years ago

    this is just the first trailer I found.
    the film being submitted is Catalan

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  7. Alex Pizziolo 4 years ago

    ref_1q85

    This is only the trailer, I don’t think that they would submit a dubbed version. It would be ridiculously disrespectful to the Catalans.

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  8. Alex Pizziolo 4 years ago

    ref_1q85

    This is only the trailer, I don’t think that they would submit a dubbed version. It would be ridiculously disrespectful to the Catalans.

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  9. Pat 4 years ago

    I think it was a smart choice not to submit The Skin I Live in.
    a) Gives another filmmaker the exposure
    b) ‘Skin’ isn’t one of Pedro’s better films…

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  10. Pat 4 years ago

    I think it was a smart choice not to submit The Skin I Live in.
    a) Gives another filmmaker the exposure
    b) ‘Skin’ isn’t one of Pedro’s better films…

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  11. Armando 4 years ago

    “It wasn’t the favorite… but scholars have determined that this drama (which competed in San Sebastian in 2010 and won nine Goyas, be the one sent to the 84th edition of the Oscars”

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  12. Armando 4 years ago

    “It wasn’t the favorite… but scholars have determined that this drama (which competed in San Sebastian in 2010 and won nine Goyas, be the one sent to the 84th edition of the Oscars”

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  13. cca 4 years ago

    I saw the film last year, in its original catalan version. It’s a hard exploration on childhood and the end of innocence, serving as a metaphore for Spain after the civil war… Really a great film, very well acted… and although I’m a big fan of Almodovar, it’s a much better choice than “The Skin I live in”.

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  14. cca 4 years ago

    I saw the film last year, in its original catalan version. It’s a hard exploration on childhood and the end of innocence, serving as a metaphore for Spain after the civil war… Really a great film, very well acted… and although I’m a big fan of Almodovar, it’s a much better choice than “The Skin I live in”.

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  15. Arnau 4 years ago

    Ryan, that link you’re posting is not a review for the film, but an article (about Spain picking it for the Oscars) which gets a 4,5 score from readers [score for article, not film]

    Easy to get confused actually, since most reviews were in the 4,5-stars range when the film opened in Spain

    >> BTW this is the first film not-in-the-spanish-language to ever represent Spain at the Oscars. Also, it was the first film in Catalan to ever win the Goya for best picture. That’s quite something considering the Spain-Catalonia issues

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  16. Arnau 4 years ago

    Ryan, that link you’re posting is not a review for the film, but an article (about Spain picking it for the Oscars) which gets a 4,5 score from readers [score for article, not film]

    Easy to get confused actually, since most reviews were in the 4,5-stars range when the film opened in Spain

    >> BTW this is the first film not-in-the-spanish-language to ever represent Spain at the Oscars. Also, it was the first film in Catalan to ever win the Goya for best picture. That’s quite something considering the Spain-Catalonia issues

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  17. Lucas Prata 4 years ago

    I sent an e-mail to you guys a few days ago through the contact button up there, but I don’t think you received it. :B

    Brazil submissed Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2) for its shot on the foreign language film category. It’s a terrific piece of filmmaking and I do believe we brazilians have a chance now to get it, perhaps, if not dreaming too much, a shot for besto actor to Wagner Moura, who’s just awesome at Capitão Nascimento. (:

    Here’s a subtitled trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq6qBCmO1KQ

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  18. Lucas Prata 4 years ago

    I sent an e-mail to you guys a few days ago through the contact button up there, but I don’t think you received it. :B

    Brazil submissed Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2) for its shot on the foreign language film category. It’s a terrific piece of filmmaking and I do believe we brazilians have a chance now to get it, perhaps, if not dreaming too much, a shot for besto actor to Wagner Moura, who’s just awesome at Capitão Nascimento. (:

    Here’s a subtitled trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq6qBCmO1KQ

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  19. Ryan Adams 4 years ago

    Lucas Prata,
    Thanks

    I’ve seen Tropa de Elite 2 on UK blu-ray and as great as the original was, the sequel soars above it. Huge leap in scope, depth, and seriousness of intent. It’s a bold choice. I’m thoroughly impressed.

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  20. Ryan Adams 4 years ago

    Lucas Prata,
    Thanks

    I’ve seen Tropa de Elite 2 on UK blu-ray and as great as the original was, the sequel soars above it. Huge leap in scope, depth, and seriousness of intent. It’s a bold choice. I’m thoroughly impressed.

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  21. N 4 years ago

    None of these submissions matter because A Separation is going to win the oscar !!

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  22. N 4 years ago

    None of these submissions matter because A Separation is going to win the oscar !!

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  23. iggy 4 years ago

    Here’s the review in El País (in Spanish).

    http://www.elpais.com/articulo/cultura/ninos/sombrios/Villaronga/elpepicul/20100923elpepicul_3/Tes

    Not my favourite critic by far, but I can agree with the following:

    Es una película dura y compleja, realista y perturbadora. Deja poso.

    Yeah, it stays with you, which is always a good sign. I’be happy if it could make in into the final shortlist, but I’m not sure it’s up to the AMPAS alley.

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  24. iggy 4 years ago

    Here’s the review in El País (in Spanish).

    http://www.elpais.com/articulo/cultura/ninos/sombrios/Villaronga/elpepicul/20100923elpepicul_3/Tes

    Not my favourite critic by far, but I can agree with the following:

    Es una película dura y compleja, realista y perturbadora. Deja poso.

    Yeah, it stays with you, which is always a good sign. I’be happy if it could make in into the final shortlist, but I’m not sure it’s up to the AMPAS alley.

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  25. steve50 4 years ago

    Not surprised by this submission over Almodovar. I prefer his less polished early stuff (Law of Desire, Labyrinth of Passion, Matador) – they was simply more fun. Lately he’s gotten too clever and self-assured, and his last few films have suffered because of it.

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  26. steve50 4 years ago

    Not surprised by this submission over Almodovar. I prefer his less polished early stuff (Law of Desire, Labyrinth of Passion, Matador) – they was simply more fun. Lately he’s gotten too clever and self-assured, and his last few films have suffered because of it.

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