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The Argentine Film Academy announced on Monday that Pablo Trapero’s The Clan will be the country’s submission to the Oscars’ foreign-language category. The film will also bid for a nomination at the Spanish Goya awards in the best Ibero-American film slate.
Based on the true story of an infamous family of kidnappers, the film produced by K&S Films, Pedro and Agustin Almodovar‘s El Deseo, Trapero’s own Matanza Cine and co-produced by Telefe and Telefonica Studios, won a Silver Lion for best director in Venice, and competed in Toronto’s new Platform section.
Trapero — who recently signed with CAA — headed Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury in 2014, and has had two previous films selected to bid for a nomination in the same Oscar category (Lion’s Den and Carancho).
Released by 20th Century Fox, The Clan was a sure bet for both tickets, after breaking the box office record at home for best domestic opener, a mark previously held by the country’s latest Oscar contestant, Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales.
The film also topped Argentina’s latest Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes at the all-time box office ranking in Argentina, an expected performance for a high-budget film — for local standards — that tapped into a still-remembered crime story from the 1980s, casting both hugely popular comedian Guillermo Francella (The Secret In Their Eyes) as Arquimedes Puccio, and teen soap star Pedro Lanzani — on his first major film debut — as his son and accomplice Alejandro.
The Clan will be released in the US by Fox.
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