Oscars: Venezuela Selects 'The Family' for Foreign-Language Category

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'The Family' ('La familia')

Gustavo Rondon Cordova's debut feature premiered at the 2017 Critics' Week in Cannes

Gustavo Rondon Cordova’s The Family (La familia) has been picked as Venezuela's foreign-language film Oscar submission, according to local newspaper El Universal.

Rondon Cordova's debut film, which premiered in the Critics' Week sidebar at Cannes in 2017, tells the story of a father and his 12-year-old osn who have to run away after the boy stabs a peer from a potentially vengeful family in the slums of Caracas, setting out on a life-changing journey.

“Often quick on its feet and energetic rather than melodramatic or inward-looking, this is a promising debut,” The Hollywood Reporter's Boyd van Hoeij wrote in his review of the pic, which won the Ibero-American competition and the Critics Award at the Miami Film Festival. International sales are being handled by Celluloid Dreams.

Venezuela first submitted an Oscar bid in 1978, but has yet to obtain a nomination.