Mama Turns a Hundred (1979): Spain’s Oscar Nominee from Carlos Saura

Directed by Carlos Saura, this Spanish nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar centers on a family gathering for the matriarch’s birthday.

They are eager for her to slow down, but Mama still is full of life.

This light comedy pokes fun at Momism in Spain, with the mother serving as a symbol of Franco’s rule.

The cast includes Geraldine Chaplin.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Foreign Language Oscar

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar was “The Tin Drum” from Germany.