'Arrancame' joins Oscar race for Mexico

Film has held No. 1 spot at the boxoffice in recent weeks

MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican film academy has selected the period piece "Arrancame la Vida" as its foreign-language Oscar submission for the 81st annual Academy Awards.

The Altavista and La Banda Films production has performed exceptionally well at the boxoffice here, grabbing the No. 1 spot in recent weeks over such Hollywood fare as "Mamma Mia!" and "Tropic Thunder." Roberto Sneider directed and co-wrote "Arrancame," which stars Ana Claudia Talancon and Daniel Jimenez Cacho. 20th Century Fox is distributing the picture in Mexico.

The academy also announced that it has chosen Fernando Eimbcke's sophomore drama "Lake Tahoe" to contend for Spain's Goya award in the foreign picture category. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at this year's edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, Paris-based sales agent Funny Balloons is handling international sales on the Cine Pantera-produced film.