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Gael Garcia Bernal's 'Even the Rain' From Spain Is Oscar Bound, It's Plain (Maybe)

“Even the Rain”
2010 Moreno Films

Thirteen Goya Award noms could make Gael Garcia Bernal's new movie a foreign Oscar contender. Javier Bardem's Biutiful got eight. 

In the Oscar-equivalent Spanish Film Academy's Goya Award nominations Tuesday, Alex de la Iglesia's A Sad Trumpet Ballad led with 15 noms, and Iciar Bollain's Even the Rain got 13. This could give Bollain's film, Spain's Oscar entry, a little momentum in its potential race against the way more high-profile Mexican entry Biutiful, whose star Bardem has been touted hard lately by some of the heaviest hitters in Hollywood -- but which only got eight Goya noms.

In a rave review Saturday, THR reviewer Stephen Farber wrote, "The Oscar race for best foreign language film is one of the trickiest to predict. So far this year, there is no clear favorite. ... Even the Rain has a good chance to make the cut.

"First of all, it has a bona fide movie star in Gael Garcia Bernal. It also has a strong social conscience that often appeals to the Academy’s liberal wing. Beyond that, its story about the unexpected perils of filmmaking will strike a chord with industry insiders."

It's about Spanish filmmakers, out to expose Christopher Columbus' imperialism in Bolivia, who get caught up in the famous Bolivian water-rights revolt of 2000.

"Most important of all, however," writes Farber, "it happens to be an excellent film that will be hard for voters to ignore. Vitagraph will release the movie around the time of the Oscars."