Film will open Rio Film Festival on Sept. 25

RIO DE JANEIRO — Helmer Bruno Barreto’s “Last Stop 174″ is Brazil’s entry in the foreign-language Oscar race.

Pic world preemed in the Toronto Film Festival this month and will open the Rio Film Festival on Sept. 25.

Paramount opened the pic Sept. 12 in a single theater in Jundiai, Sao Paulo state, to fulfill the qualification criteria; it will go wide on Oct. 24.

The plot centers on street kid Sandro do Nascimento, who hijacked a bus in Rio on June 12, 2000. The dramatic hijacking was broadcast live on national TV.

“Last Stop 174″ is a co-production of Moonshot, Movi&Art, Paramount Brazil, Globo Filmes and Canal Plus. Myriad Pictures has the international rights.

The Ministry of Culture appointed the commission that chose “Last Stop 174″; its selection was announced by its head, the country’s audiovisual secretary Silvio Da-Rin.

Barreto’s “Four Days in September” was among the five nominees for the 1997 foreign-language Oscar.

The Academy has invited 96 countries to submit films for foreign-language Oscar consideration. Deadline for submission is Oct. 1, the nominations will be announced Jan. 22, and the 81st awards ceremony takes place on Feb. 22.

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