“Cantinflas” has been selected by the Mexican Academy of Cinematic Arts and Sciences to represent the country in the Academy Awards, where the film will compete for a nomination for foreign language film.
The film, directed by Sebastian del Amo and produced by Vidal Cantu and Adolfo Franco of Kenio Films, tells the story of Mexico’s most beloved comedian from his origins through his triumph in Hollywood, winning a Golden Globe Award for acting in “Around the World in 80 Days.”
“This film is a labor of love; it’s very satisfying that it was selected to represent Mexico in the Academy Awards,” said Cantu. “I feel very pleased with the work achieved by everyone and by every single one of the actors and the whole crew.”
“The selection of our film motivates us to continue producing inspiring stories and quality entertainment of the highest standards,” added Franco, “it is a great opportunity that we hope will expose the film to an even broader audience.”
“Cantinflas” is currently playing in over 400 U.S. theaters and will begin screening on Sept 16 in Mexico. The film is distributed by Pantelion Films in the U.S. and Videocine Distribucion in Mexico.