Oscars: Mexico Selects 'Tempestad' for Foreign-Language Category

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'Tempestad'

Mexico has received eight Academy Award nominations in the foreign-language category but has never won.

Tempestad, Tatiana Huezo's hard-hitting documentary about victims of the human-trafficking trade, has been chosen as Mexico's submission for foreign-language film Oscar consideration.

Mexico's film academy on Wednesday announced it will also submit Tempestad to vie for best foreign picture for Spain's 32nd Goya Awards in February.

The pic follows two loosely connected narratives of women who have suffered the brutal consequences of human trafficking in Mexico.

Jim Jarmusch collaborator Jim Stark (Down by Law) executive produced Tempestad alongside brothers Nicolas and Sebastian Celis, producers of Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron's latest picture, Roma.

Salvadoran-born writer-director Huezo won high praise on the festival circuit for her first work, The Tiniest Place (El Lugar Mas Pequeno), a powerful documentary that reflects on villagers affected by El Salvador's civil war of the 1980s.

Since the mid-1950s, Mexico has received eight Academy Award nominations in the foreign-language film category but has never won. The most recent Mexican films to land Oscar nominations in the category were Alejandro G. Inarritu's drama Biutiful in 2010 and Guillermo del Toro's dark fantasy Pan's Labyrinth in 2006.

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