Every year the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences receives U.S. films each country falls to be considered for the award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. The nine candidates for the 2012 Academy Awards will be announced a few weeks before the ceremony, but since we can predict-and bet-that Latin America will be present.
Mexico chose Miss Bala, a film directed by Gerardo Naranjo and produced by the successful and charismatic duo of Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Miss Bala tells the story of a girl who aspires to be a beauty queen and ends up involved in a violent history and drug smuggling. Action, drama and social criticism were the Mexican bet The result? Sound applause from the audience and critics.
Brazilians in turn voted for the sequel to the already successful Elite Squad movie that portrayed the violent world of the Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) of the police in Rio de Janeiro, and won the Golden Bear in 2008 Berlin. Elite Squad 2, also directed by Jose Padilha, maintaining high standards of production to he usually does Brazilian cinema, and in 2010 became a box office hit in Brazil.
Another action movie but historical dyes is chosen by Argentina, Aballay. the man without fear, Fernando Spiner a western based on the story of Antonio Di Benedetto namesake. Definitely a different bet in the Argentine cinema. Let's see if with Aballay carved out his third Oscar.
Uruguay also chose a very original genre: terror. The house move, a film directed by Gustavo Hernandez, whose story is based on an incident in real life in the late 40's in a small town in Uruguay. In addition to its plot, two important technical attributes of the house moves make a film that is worth seeing: the first is to have been filmed in one sequence shot without cuts, which promises "real-time real fear." The second is to be recorded with a Canon EOS 5D mark II, covirtiéndose Latin America in the first film to have been made with a camera.
Peru chose a simple story but very true: October. The film, written and directed by Daniel and Diego Vega Leal, who won a prize from the jury at Cannes 2010, tells the story of Clement, a lender of few words a series of events that are structured to change your life.
Violet went to heaven is the film chosen by a committee of 40 experts to represent Chile at the Academy Awards. Directed by Andrés Wood and starring Frances Hawk, the film is a poetic and musical journey through the interesting life of the famous singer, artist and Chilean poet Violeta Parra.
Venezuela was decided by the sound of the stones, the drama of a woman and her two children, survivors of a natural disaster that displaced ten years ago, trying to survive with dignity in "the most violent city in Latin America." Written and directed by Alejandro Palacios Bellam, The sound of the stones, has received good reviews in local festivals for its authenticity and its production values. Let's see if he can get into next year's nominees.
Finally, Colombia was the choice of colors of the mountain, the feature debut of director Carlos Cesar Arbelaez, a simple and moving story set in a small Colombian town where Manuel, a boy of nine years, makes absurd attempts to regain its soccer ball who fell into a minefield. The colors of the mountain is a different approach to the tragedy of the Colombian guerrillas, marked by the innocence of a group of children, some humor and excellent performances for children. Definitely Oscar material.
Just need to wait until January 2012 when the Academy officially announce the names of the films that will compete.