Oscars: Spain Selects 'Endless Trench' for International Feature Category

'The Endless Trench' still
San Sebastian Film Festival

'The Endless Trench' still

The historical drama, directed by Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga, won two Goya Awards.

Spain has picked La tinchera infinita (The Endless Trench) as its submission for the 2021 Oscar race in the international feature category.

The film by Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga was chosen by the country's Film Academy as the Spanish representative at the 93rd edition of the Oscars, set to take place on April 25.

The Basque team responsible for Flowers and Giant tells the story of "moles," who at the end of the Spanish Civil War tried to escape repression from General Franco's nationalists by going underground, by focusing on the life of a man who spent 33 years hiding out in his own home. Luiso Berdejo is the film's screenwriter.

The Hollywood Reporter's review called the movie "gripping, intense and often very moving," adding: "The Endless Trench pulls together details from some of the jaw-dropping accounts of these lifelong nightmares, recasting the hidden history of a so-called 'mole' and of his endlessly suffering wife as a profoundly involving, superbly played story about love as protection from fear."

The film, which was part of the 2019 San Sebastian Film Festival and won two Goya Awards for best leading actress and best sound, is on Netflix.

Spain has been nominated for the best international film category, or its predecessors, at the Oscars 19 times and has won it four times. The country's most recent win came for Alejandro Amenábar's 2004 film The Sea Inside.

Spanish Regulator Launches Competition Probe of Hollywood Studios