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Peru Chooses Héctor Gálvez’ Forensic Mystery ‘NN’ as Oscar Entry

Peru Chooses Héctor Gálvez' Forensic Mystery 'NN' as Oscar Entry

In surprising move the Peruvian Ministry of Culture has selected Héctor Gálvez‘ “NN” as the country’s Oscar submission to compete for a nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

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Rather than selecting one of the two larger local productions released within AMPAS time frame, Javier Fuentes-León‘s “The Vanished Elephant” and Salvador del Solar‘s “Magallanes,” the country’s selection committee decided to go with a more cerebral art house title. Del Solar’s film will instead represent the country at the Spanish Goya Awards

Gálvez'”NN,” which stands for “No Nombre” or “No Name,” follows, Fidel (Paul Vega), a forensic specialists who leads a team in charge of recovering and identifying bodies found in mass graves. When a particular male body arrives with nothing but the clothes it had on and a photo of a woman, Fidel embarks on a mission to help a grieving widow who’s been searching for her husband for several years. Although for the bureaucracy that controls Fidel’s department a dead body is just that, for him those remains carry much more emotional weight.

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Th film has played a handful of international festival including the Rome Film Festival, Palm Springs, Cartagena, and Miami. “NN” will also screen as part of AFI’s Latin American Film Festival later this month.

In 2009 “The Milk of Sorrow” (La Teta Asustada) by Claudia Llosa became the first Peruvian film to be nominated for an Academy Award.

“NN” will open in Peru on September 17. International rights are being handled by Habanero. U.S. Rights are still available.

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