Oscars: Chile Selects 'And Suddenly the Dawn' for Foreign-Language Category

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'And Suddenly the Dawn'

Winner of the Grand Prix at the Montreal Film Festival, the drama marks the return of renowned Chilean filmmaker Silvio Caiozzi after a decade.

The Chilean Minister of Culture on Wednesday announced that Silvio Caiozzi's And Suddenly the Dawn will be the country's bid for the Oscar in the foreign-language film category.

The film, winner of the Grand Prix des Amériques at the Montreal Film Festival, marks the return of renowned Chilean helmer Caiozzi after a decade. Starring Julio Jung and Sergio Hernández, the drama tells the story of Pancho Veloso, an old gossip writer who returns to his hometown 40 years after fleeing to the capital. There, he faces both his past and the process of writing a novel where the characters are himself, his lover and his close friends.

Chile has had a great streak recently at the Oscars: Following the nomination obtained by Pablo Larrain's No in 2012, Sebastian Lelio's A Fantastic Woman won in the foreign-language film category last year, a year after Gabriel Osorio Vargas' Bear Story picked up the Academy Award for best animated short film, the country's first-ever Oscar, which prompted a presidential welcome for the film's crew. 

Minister Consuelo Valdes also announced the same panel has chosen Marcela Said's Los perros to represent the country at the Spanish Goya Awards.