A kind of “Amores Perros” for the city of Lima, director Eduardo Mendoza de Echave’s “The Gospel of the Flesh” is Peru’s submission for the Foreign Language Film Oscar. Here’s the synopsis:
Undercover cop Gamarra’s desperate attempts to save his wife from a terminal illness gets him into trouble; bus driver Felix wants to be accepted into a religious sect after his involvement in a tragic traffic accident; and imperiled soccer club leader Narciso tries to secure his younger brother’s release from prison.
The film has yet to be distributed in the US but is currently screening for the Academy. Foreign language Oscar voters are faced with a record-setting 83 titles this year. Through December 15, volunteer members from all branches’ highest vote-getters will fill six slots after which an executive committee hand-picked by Mark Johnson will pick three, creating a Foreign Language shortlist of nine films total before narrowing it down to the final five to be voted on by the entire Academy.