Folksinger biopic chosen by special committee

Chile’s Audiovisual Arts Council has submitted “Violeta,” by helmer Andres Wood, to represent the country in the foreign-language film category at the Oscars. A special committee of some 40 reps from various guilds selected the pic.

“Violeta” was up against Pablo Larrain’s “Post Mortem,” which played in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2010, and Oscar Godoy’s debut feature “Ulysses,” both produced by Fabula Films. Biopic is Wood’s personal vision of Chilean folksinger, poet, activist and painter Violeta Parra.

“She was Chile’s Edith Piaf or Bob Dylan,” said Wood, who marks his second attempt at the big prize. His coming-of-age drama “Machuca” was Chile’s entry for the 2005 Oscars.

Pic bowed Aug. 11 in Chile, where it ranked in the top two spots during its first three weeks.

“Violeta” has no U.S. distribution or international sales agent as yet.

The deadline for all countries to send in their submissions is Oct. 1. The 84th Academy Awards will be held Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

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