Oscars: Argentina Selects 'El Angel' for Foreign-Language Category

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'El Angel'

Premiered in Cannes, Luis Ortega's film portrays 1970s Argentine serial killer Carlos Robledo Puch, played by newcomer Lorenzo Ferro.

The Argentine Film Academy announced on Wednesday that Luis Ortega's El Angel will be the country's submission to the Oscars in the foreign-language film category.

Premiered in Cannes, El Angel is based on the life of Carlos Robledo Puch, one of the most notorious serial killers in Argentine history, who came to be known as the “the angel of death” at the time of his arrest in 1972, after committing 11 murders as well as several thefts, all before turning 20. First-timer Lorenzo Ferro plays Puch, with Chino Darin (A 12-Year Night) and Peter Lanzani (The Clan) as his ill-fated accomplices.

The third collaboration between Hugo Sigman's K&S and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar's El Deseo –following Wild Tales and The Clan, both of them Argentine Oscar submissions themselves — El Angel is currently the most popular film of 2018 in Argentina, with over 1.3M tickets in its sixth week. Co-produced by Telefe, the film is the first theatrical production by TV shingle Underground, lead by Sebastian Ortega.

"It is an honor to have El Angel representing Argentina at the Oscars. Especially considering the high standard of films this year, which makes this recognition an even bigger merit," said Sigman. "Luis Ortega's attributes as a director have already captivated local audiences, and we are confident that its artistic quality will also be welcomed by international audiences," he added.

Argentina won the foreign-language category on three occasions, most recently with Juan Jose Campanella's The Secret In Their Eyes, which prompted a Hollywood remake starring Julia Robers, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The Angel is scheduled to premiere in the U.S. on November 9, distributed by The Orchard.