The Spanish Academy of Cinematic Arts and Sciences announced this morning that Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga‘s "Loreak" (Flowers) has been selected to represent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. This is the first-ever Basque-language film to become the country’s official Oscar entry.
"Loreak" received the Cinema Latino Award at this year’s Palm Springs Film Festival, and screened at multiple other festivals such as San Sebastián, Miami, Seattle, and FICG in LA to great critical reception. This elegantly achieved drama was also nominated for two Goya awards including Best Film.
The Miami International Film Festival’s synopsis of the film describes the story as follows: "Basque construction worker Beñat expresses his secret love for the unhappily married, childless Ane (Nagore Aramburu), the female administrator on his worksite, by sending her anonymous, immaculately composed flower bouquets once a week. When Beñat is unexpectedly killed in a car accident, the flowers stop and so does the only brightness in Ane’s life – but when she uncovers the truth of her secret admirer, Ane begins to leave her own elaborate flower bouquets at the site of Beñat’s death, once a week. This leads Beñat’s unhappy widow, Lourdes, and his busybody mother, Tere (Itziar Aizpuru), to learn there was more to their beloved Beñat than they thought they knew, and resolve to learn the truth from the unsuspecting Ane."
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A total of four Spanish films have won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The country’s most recent win and nomination came in 2005 with Alejandro Amenábar’s "The Sea Inside."