“Flowers,” Spain’s official selection for the 2016 Oscars, follows three women whose lives become unexpectedly linked when Ane (Nagore Aranburu) begins receiving mysterious—and, if the trailer is any indication, gorgeous—bouquets. The film, co-directed by Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga, is the first ever film is Euskara, the Basque language, to compete for the prize.
Still, slightly chilling, and occasionally darkly comic, the trailer calls to mind the films of Pedro Almodóvar, though much more restrained in terms of color and tone. “Dead people are dead,” one character avers. “End of story.” In “Flowers,” as Ane tries to figure out who’s sending these anonymous gifts, the aging Tere (Itziar Aizpuru) hopes her only son, Beñat (Josean Bengoetxea), and his wife, Lourdes (Itziar Ituño), will give her a grandchild—only to be disappointed. When tragedy strikes suddenly, flowers start to appear again, only this time their meaning has changed.
Garaño and Goenaga’s previous collaboration, “80 Days,” received the San Sebastian Film Commission Prize. Distributor Music Box Films will open “Flowers” in New York on Oct. 30, followed by a national release.