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‘Carancho’ reps Argentina in Oscar race

Uruguay also taps "A Useful Life" for the foreign-language Academy Award competition

Argentine noir thriller “Carancho” will rep the country in the foreign-language Oscar race, and the second time that director Pablo Trapero has a movie in the hunt.

The story of an ambulance chaser and a young doctor snared 20 out of 78 votes by members of the Argentine Film Arts and Sciences Academy, surpassing Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat’s neighbor squabble drama “The Man Next Door” with 13 and Daniel Burman’s sibling-rivalry tale “Dos Hermanos” with 10.

“Carancho” stars Ricardo Darin of Juan Jose Campanella’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which won 2009’s foreign-language Oscar.

It is Trapero’s second film to contend following prison drama “Leonera” (Lion’s Den) in 2008.

Leade producers were Trapero’s Matanza Cine with Fine Cut and Patagonik Film Group.

Across the river, Uruguay named “A Useful Life,” the sophomore effort of Federico Veiroj (“Acne”) as its foreign-language Oscar entry. “A Useful Life” is about a 45-year-old overworked programmer at the Uruguayan Cinematheque who sets out in pursuit of a woman.

Veiroj’s Cinekdoque produced with Mediapro and Versatil Cinema.

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