PAT WROTE THE FILM SCORE FOR LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED WHICH HAS JUST BEEN NOMINATED AS SPAIN'S ENTRY FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM AT NEXT YEAR'S OSCARS.
Based on true events, “Living” turns on Antonio, a mild-mannered English-teacher who uses Beatles’ lyrics in his classes. In Franco’s 1966 Spain, Antonio drives to Almeria in the hope of meeting his hero, John Lennon. “Living” portrays how, in his own modest but affecting way, the teacher and two people he meets along the way – and a teen who has run away from home, and a young pregnant girl – all rebel against a bigotted, oppressive or just stuck-in-its-ways status quo.
The movie’s title comes from a line in the Beatles’ song, “Strawberry Fields,” which Lennon wrote while filming “How I Won the War” in Almeria.
“Living” swept February’s Spanish Academy Goya Awards, taking picture, director, original screenplay (Trueba), actor (Camara), original score (U.S. jazz guitarist Pat Metheny) and breakthrough performance by an actress (Natalia de Molina). It also won Palms Springs Festival’s Cine Latino Award and was nominated for four major Platino Ibero-American Film Awards.
The U.S. film academy will select finalists for the Oscars in January, with the awards announced a month later.