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Oscars: Spain Nominates '15 Years and One Day' for Foreign Language Category

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"15 Years and One Day"

UPDATED: Gracia Querejeta's drama has won rave reviews for actress Maribel Verdu's performance as a young mom raising her son in the shadow of her own overbearing mother.

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain – Gracia Querejeta’s 15 Years and One Day will represent Spain in the foreign language Oscar race, the Spanish Film Academy announced Wednesday.

The drama, starring Maribel Verdu, beat out Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Cannibal, Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s La Gran Familia Espanola and Santiago Zannou’s Alacran enamorado for the coveted spot.

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The film won rave reviews for Verdu's performance as a mother navigating her relationship with her son in the shadow of her own mother.

"We know what it is to win an Oscar and what it takes to do so," the film's producer Gerardo Herrero told journalists when the film was shortlisted earlier this month, referring to past Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes, also produced by his Tornasol Films.

"We are very happy. We make films with one purpose, though -- to be seen by audiences," he added.

Querejeta is the daughter of legendary Spanish producer Elias Querejeta, who died in June.