Oscars: Chile Nominates 'To Kill a Man' for Foreign-Language Category

Daniel Candia in 'To Kill a Man'

Alejandro Fernandez Almendras' third film will also be submitted for the Goya Awards.

Alejandro Fernandez Almendras third film, To Kill a Man, will be Chile’s bid for a best foreign-language film nomination at the Oscars.

The announcement was made by the Ministry of Culture Claudia Barattini at an official reception for the Chilean film delegation attending the San Sebastian film festival, according to a government statement.

Barattini also confirmed that the film will be submitted for the Best Ibero-American Film category at the Spanish Goya awards. An external jury comprised of film industry professionals made the selection.

"Chilean filmmakers have proved their productions enjoy great international recognition, and we want that tendency to keep growing,” said Barattini. 

To Kill a Man premiered at Sundance, where it won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, and was later picked up for North American distribution by Film Movement at Berlin’s EFM.

“Whatever happens afterward, at the Oscars or the Goya, will depend on each Academy, each country. I wish this film can reach many people, or as many people as possible in Chile, and I hope this helps. I believe it will,” said Fernandez Almendras, whose first film, Huacho, premiered at Cannes in 2009 and won the Critic’s Week.

The film stars Daniel Candia as Jorge, a common family man who is forced to react when the person who killed his son is released from prison and takes revenge against Jorge’s family.