Oscars: Uruguay Selects 'A Twelve-Year Night' for Foreign-Language Category

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Alvaro Brechner's film, which premiered in Venice, depicts the isolated imprisonment of former president Jose Mujica in the 1970s.

Uruguay has chosen Alvaro Brechner’s historic thriller A Twelve-Year Night as the country's submission for consideration in the foreign-language film Oscar category.

Starring Antonio de la Torre, Chino Darín (El Angel), Alfonso Tort and César Troncoso (Another Story of the World), the film tells the true story of three Tupamaro guerrilla members who were captured by the Uruguayan dictatorship in the early 1970s and thrown into solitary confinement for 12 years. The group included future president Jose "Pepe" Mujica.

A Twelve-Year Night premiered at the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival, where now former president Mujica himself attended as the star of Emir Kusturica's documentary El Pepe: A Supreme Life.

A Twelve-Year Night is the third film by Brechner to be submitted by Uruguay for Oscar consideration, following Bad Day to Go Fishing (2009) and Mr. Kaplan (2014). The country has yet to receive a foreign-language nomination.