Oscars: Chile Selects 'The Club' for Foreign-Language Category

El Club
Courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival

Pablo Larrain’s follow-up to his 2013 Oscar nom ‘No’ won the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlinale.

Pablo Larrain’s The Club has been selected as the country’s bid for the Oscar's Foreign-Language category, the Chilean Minister of Culture Ernesto Ottone announced on Wednesday.

At the official send-off for the delegation that will attend the San Sebastian Film Festival, Ottone also announced Maite Alberdi’s documentary Tea Time will be the candidate for the Spanish Goya Awards.

A gripping portrait of four former priests who live secluded in a cabin as a punishment for their past sins, Larrain’s film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.

One of the country’s most renowned directors today, Larrain’s previous film No, starring Gael Garcia Bernal (Rosewater), grabbed a Foreign Language nom in 2013. Garcia Bernal also stars in Larrain’s upcoming Neruda, about the political persecution of Chile’s renowned poet and left-wing senator Pablo Neruda, played by Luis Gnecco (Narcos). His next project, the Jackie Kennedy biopic Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, will be produced by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Scott Franklin, and Chile's Fabula, lead by Larrain's brother Juan De Dios.  

“What is relevant now is that we have two Chilean films that have already been awarded abroad, and they are aiming to secure a nomination for these academies," said Ottone. "These awards are an important platform to make local productions visible, as they are creating a unique mark. So, we congratulate their creative teams for proposing new ways to see today’s Chilean society, both from an intimate perspective in Tea Time, and from the social questioning The Club suggests,” he added.