Country submits Barreto's biopic of President Lula
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, from his impoverished childhood to his emergence as a union and political leader. The commission members, appointed by the government and the Brazilian Film Academy, selected “Lula” among 23 applicants. In spite of President Lula’s above 80% approval rate, the pic had a disappointing commercial career, grossing just $4 million this year. But commission members said they expect Lula’s popularity to help the pic in the Oscar race. “Lula is a star here and abroad,” said vet helmer Roberto Faria, president of the Brazilian Film Academy and a commission member. Submissions for the foreign language Oscar must reach the Academy by 5 p.m. Oct. 1. Nominations will be announced on Jan. 25. The 83rd Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theater on Feb. 27.