Chile says yes to ‘No’

Larrain's drama will vie for foreign-lingo Oscar nom

Chile has sent Pablo Larrain’s “No” to vie for a foreign language Oscar.

Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, “No” has reaped a clutch of awards since its world preem in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight where it took home the top prize and where Sony Pictures Classics picked up North American rights. Participant Media, which chose “No” as its first investment in a foreign pic, negotiated the deal with SPC.

Based on actual events, “No” is a gripping account of how advertising execs, led by Garcia Bernal’s lead character, helped oust Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

A committee, comprised of more than 30 members representing sectors of Chile’s audiovisual industry, selected “No” over Sebastian Silva’s “Gatos viejos” (Old Cats), Cristian Jimenez’s “Bonsai” and Diego Rougier’s “Sal.”

Meanwhile, the same committee has chosen Marialy Rivas’ Sundance winner “Young and Wild” to rep Chile in Spain’s Goya awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign film on Jan. 10. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 24.

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