'Crab Trap' eyeing foreign language Oscar nom

Colombian film won award at 60th Berlinale Forum

BUENOS AIRES -- Oscar Ruiz Navia's "Crab Trap" will be Colombia's contender for the foreign-language Oscar next year, the recently formed Academy of Arts and Film Science of Colombia announced Tuesday.

The film won the FIPRESCI award at the 60th Berlinale Forum and a special jury mention at the BAFICI 2010. It also picked up a jury's special mention for a first film in the Havana Film Festival and the Decouverte de la Critique Francaise and "Rail D'Oc" awards at the Rencontres Cinemas D'Amerique Latine in Toulouse, France, one of the most prestigious festivals of Latin American cinema outside the region.

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First-time director Ruiz Nava has also been selected for Cannes' Residence Program to settle in Paris and work on script development for his second feature on 2011.

Set in the Afro-Colombian community of La Barra on the Pacific coast, "Crab Trap" tells the story of both the drama of a young man (Rodrigo Velez) who's trying to flee from his country and his past, and the upcoming clash between the remote village's afro-descendant people and the arrival of modernity, represented by two intruding foreigners.

"Crab Trap" was produced by Contravia Films (Colombia), Diana Bustamante (Colombia), and Arizona Films (France). International sales are handled by Berlin-based company M-Appeal.