The Selection Committee of the Costa Rican Center for Film Production announced that Esteban Ramírez‘ film “Presos” (Imprisoned) will represent the Central American country in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards.
This is the second film by Ramírez to become the country’s official Oscar entry. His previous effort, “Caribe,” was submitted for AMPAS consideration in 2005 as the country’s first-ever entry.
The official synopsis reads: “A young girl gets involved in a family drama when she starts a secret friendship with a prison inmate. All parts involved, inside and outside, will have to deal with the consequences of such kind of relationship and what’s necessary to preserve it.
“Presos” opened in Costa Rica on September 3 and became the second highest grossing film at the local box-office during its opening week. The film took home the Best Film and Best Actress awards at the most recent Santander International Film Festival in Colombia.
International sales are being handled by production company Cinetel. U.S. rights are still available.
With a total of four Oscar submissions, Costa Rica is the Central American country with the most contenders to date. Last year’s entry, “Red Princesses” by Laura Astorga was well-received by the American press and observers, but did not make the make the shortlist.