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.