The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences of Argentina announced today that Pablo Trapero‘s latest film, “The Clan” (El Clan), will represent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards.
This the third time that one of Trapero’s films is selected as Argentina’s official Oscar entry. He previously represented his homeland with the films “Lion’s Den” and “Carancho.” Trapero is one of the most important figures in the Argentine film industry with a filmography that has taken him to the most important festivals around the world including Cannes, Rotterdam, and Cartagena.
Produced by Almodovar’s El Deseo, “The Clan,” which tells the story of the notorious Puccio family, became a box-office smash in Argentina taking around 60% of the country’s box-office during its opening weekend. Trapero’s latest also screened at TIFF and the Venice Film Festival where it was awarded the Silver Lion for Best Director.
TIFF’s synopsis describes the film as follows: “The new film from Argentine auteur Pablo Trapero (“Crane World,” “White Elephant”) recounts the astonishing true story of a seemingly normal middle-class family that trafficked in the kidnapping, ransoming and murder of the wealthy.
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Argentina is the only Latin American country to ever win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The South American nation has won the coveted prize on two occasions: In 1986 for “The Official Story” and in 2010 for “The Secret in Their Eyes.” Argentina was also nominated this year for Damián Szifrón’s “Wild Tales,” which was also produced by El Deseo.