Following several weeks of screenings and voting, this morning the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences announced that the film “600 Miles” (600 Millas) will represent Mexico in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. The selection was made from a list of 14 tittles that included
Directed by Gabriel Ripstein the film stars Tim Roth as an American ATF agent that gets kidnapped by a young Mexican man who works smuggling weapons across the U.S./Mexico border. The odd friendship that develops between them attempts to humanize the complicated relationship between the two countries. Ripstein’s debut feature won the Best First Feature Award at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and has screened at numerous other festivals to great reception.
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Mexico was last nominated in the category in with Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s “Biutiful.” The Latin American nation has never won the award, though it’s been nominated a total of 8 times. Despite this, Mexican talent has been recognized at the Oscars with wins for Iñarritu (“Birdman”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”), Emanuel Lubezki (“Gravity,” and “Birdman”), and Eugenio Caballero (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), in recent years.