Is Gael Garcia Bernal's latest film, Even the Rain a serious Oscar contender?
That's the question critics started asking when the Spanish film grabbed a whopping 13 GOYA nominations (the Spanish equivalent to the Academy Awards) on Tuesday. That's five more nominations than Mexico's entry into this year's Oscar race, the much more publicized, Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
The film, which could find itself on the short list for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar when nominations are announced on January 25th, is about a filmmaker (Bernal) who travels to Bolivia to shoot a movie about the Spanish conquest of America. It's set against the backdrop of the historic protests that broke out in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2000 in response to the government's decision to privatize the water company. Ironically, it was these same protests that launched the current President Evo Morales into the national spotlight.
The trailer for the film is below: