Oscars: Argentina Selects 'The Clan' for Foreign-Language Category

El Clan Still - H 2015
Courtesy of Venice International Film Festival

El Clan Still - H 2015

A Silver Lion winner at Venice, the film broke the domestic record for best opening in Argentina.

The Argentine Film Academy announced on Monday that Pablo Trapero’s The Clan will be the country's submission to the Oscars' foreign-language category. The film will also bid for a nomination at the Spanish Goya awards in the best Ibero-American film slate.

Based on the true story of an infamous family of kidnappers, the film produced by K&S Films, Pedro and Agustin Almodovar's El Deseo, Trapero’s own Matanza Cine and co-produced by Telefe and Telefonica Studios, won a Silver Lion for best director in Venice, and competed in Toronto's new Platform section.

Trapero — who recently signed with CAA — headed Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury in 2014, and has had two previous films selected to bid for a nomination in the same Oscar category (Lion’s Den and Carancho).

Released by 20th Century Fox, The Clan was a sure bet for both tickets, after breaking the box office record at home for best domestic opener, a mark previously held by the country’s latest Oscar contestant, Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales.

The film also topped Argentina’s latest Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes at the all-time box office ranking in Argentina, an expected performance for a high-budget film — for local standards — that tapped into a still-remembered crime story from the 1980s, casting both hugely popular comedian Guillermo Francella (The Secret In Their Eyes) as Arquimedes Puccio, and teen soap star Pedro Lanzani — on his first major film debut — as his son and accomplice Alejandro.

The Clan will be released in the US by Fox.