Instead, Agusti Villaronga’s post-Spanish Civil War drama Black Bread, which swept the Goyas, Spain's Academy Awards, is the official Spanish submission. Writes Screen:
It's about a young boy living in a small Catalan village who uncovers dark secrets from the past.
For its part, Italy went with Emanuele Crialese's Venice Fest special jury prize winner Terraferma, which also played well in Toronto. TOH Venice correspondent David Gritten loved the movie,
a story of an Italian fishing family living on a small, remote offshore island. Their business is declining, and their lives are altered when, out on their boat one night, they rescue North African illegal immigrants struggling to swim for shore.