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Spain picks Pedro Almodovar's "Julieta" as Oscar contender

Associated Press Associated Press 7/09/2016
FILE - In this May 17, 2016 file photo, actresses Emma Suarez, left, and Adriana Ugarte, right, kiss director Pedro Almodovar during a photo call for the film Julieta at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. In an announcement on Wednesday Sept. 7, 2016, Spain's film academy has selected Pedro Almodovar's film Julieta as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars. It is the sixth time the director, who has won two Oscars, has represented Spain in the category.Pedro Almodovar. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 17, 2016 file photo, actresses Emma Suarez, left, and Adriana Ugarte, right, kiss director Pedro Almodovar during a photo call for the film Julieta at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. In an announcement on Wednesday Sept. 7, 2016, Spain's film academy has selected Pedro Almodovar's film Julieta as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars. It is the sixth time the director, who has won two Oscars, has represented Spain in the category.Pedro Almodovar. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

MADRID — Spain's film academy has selected Pedro Almodovar's film "Julieta" as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars.

It is the sixth time the director, who has won two Academy Awards, has represented Spain in the category.

The pick, announced Wednesday, also competed for the Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes film festival.

Based on three short stories by Canadian Nobel laureate Alice Munro, "Julieta" is about a woman who has become estranged from her grown daughter. Told in flashback, the film portrays the sense of guilt and loss she feels.

Spain has won four Oscars for best foreign language film, the last in 2004 with Alejandro Amenabar's "The Sea Inside." Almodovar won it 1999 for "All About My Mother."

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