Oscars: Venezuela Selects 'Being Impossible' for International Feature Film Category

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Patricia Ortega's film is the story of a young woman who discovers she underwent surgery as a baby to correct her intersexual body.

Venezuela's National Film Auteurs Association (ANAC) has chosen Patricia Ortega's Being Impossible as the country's submission in the international feature film Oscar category.

Ortega's second feature, following 2013's El regreso, is the story of Ariel, a young seamstress who discovers she was submitted to several surgeries to correct her intersexual body as a baby, a revelation will confront her with the challenge of being an accepted woman or daring to be a free intersexual person.

A co-production between Venezuela's Mandragora Films and Colombia's Antorcha Films, Being Impossible premiered at Spain's Valladolid Film Week (Seminci) and also played at SXSW and the Boston LGTB Film Festival, among others.

Venezuela first submitted an Oscar bid in 1978, but has yet to earn a nomination.

The 92nd Academy Awards are set to take place Feb. 9, 2020.