Uruguay’s Institute of Cinema and Audiovisuals (ICAU) announced today that the film "A Moonless Night" (Una Noche Sin Luna) will represent the South American country in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards.
"A Moonless Night" is Germán Tejeira‘s debut feature and won the Golden Eye Award at last year’s Zurich Film Festival. Tejeira was also one of the writers behind "Anina," the wonderful animated feature that represented Uruguay at the 86th Academy Awards.
The official synopsis reads as follows: "During New Year’s Eve, three lonely characters travel to a small town lost in the Uruguayan countryside. Cesar, a divorced man, arrives to the town where he will have dinner with his ex-wife’s new family to win back his little daughter’s love. Antonio, a small-time magician, is trying to get to town to perform his routine at the community center, but his car breaks down. Stranded in the middle of the deserted road he meets Laura, a woman working at the toll station. Miguel, a performer, prepares his musical return to sing at the community center’s New Year party. Following these paths, the characters will have a chance to turn around their destiny."
International sales are being handled by production company Rain Dogs Cine. U.S. rights are still available.
Uruguay has never won the coveted statuette; however, the country was nominated once back in 1993 for "A Place in the World," but the film was later disqualified because the Academy considered it was mostly an Argentine production with not enough Uruguayan artistic contribution to represent the country.