Mexico submits 'Biutiful' for Oscars

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu drama stars Javier Bardem

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico has selected Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's drama "Biutiful" as its foreign-language Oscar contender for the 83rd Academy Awards, while Luis Estrada's narco-themed satire "El Infierno" will go for the Goya in Spain.

"Biutiful" is Gonzalez Inarritu's first feature-length film without the collaboration of Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. After nearly a decade of working together on their renowned death-themed trilogy ("Amores Perros," "21 Grams" and "Babel"), Gonzalez Inarritu and Arriaga severed their partnership due to a much-publicized falling out over credits.

Should "Biutiful" nab an Oscar nom, it would mark the second time that Gonzalez Inarritu has represented Mexico in the foreign-language category. He landed his first Academy Award nomination for the gritty drama "Amores Perros."

More awards coverage  
Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment recently acquired "Biutiful" for U.S. distribution. The film, which is yet to screen in Mexico, bowed in Cannes earlier this year to mixed reviews. There it walked away with a best actor award for Javier Bardem.

The Mexican Film Academy on Monday also announced that it has chosen "El Infierno" as it foreign-picture submission for the 25th Goya Awards in Spain. Written, produced and directed by Estrada, the dark comedy revolves around a migrant worker who returns to Mexico after 20 years of laboring in the U.S., only to find that his small town is overrun with drug traffickers.
comments powered by Disqus