A new movie about a Spanish man's quest to meet John Lennon has been selected as Spain's official entry for next year's (15) Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Director David Trueba's Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed) chronicles an English-language teacher's obsession with the late Beatles star.

The movie's title is a lyric from the Fab Four's Strawberry Fields Forever, which Lennon began writing in Almeria, Spain.

The Trueba family isn't new to Oscars glory - David's brother Fernando won gold in the Best Foreign Film category in 1994 for Belle Epoque.

Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados faces stiff opposition for a nomination in January (15) - Venezuela's Simon Bolivar biopic El Libertador - the most expensive film made in the nation - and Croatia's Cowboys, which won the Audience Award at the country's recent Pula Film Festival, are among the early favourites, alongside Mexico's Cantinflas and Turkey's Winter Sleep.