Spain picks foreign-language Oscar contender

'The Dancer and the Thief' stars Ricardo Darin

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MADRID -- Fernando Trueba's "The Dancer and the Thief" will represent Spain in the race for the foreign-language film Oscar, the Spanish Film Academy said Tuesday.

Trueba, who won an Oscar in 1993 for "Belle Epoque" with a young Penelope Cruz in the cast, beat out Isabel Coixet's "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo" and Daniel Sanchez-Arevalo's "Gordos" to be Spain's bid for the award. The film academy had shortlisted all three films two weeks ago.

"Dancer," which stars Ricardo Darin, is set in newly democratic Chile and is produced by Fernando Trueba P.C., with 6 Sales handling international rights.

The film had its world premiere out of competition in the official section last week at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.