Helmer Nikita Mikhalkov, whose “Burnt by the Sun” took the foreign language film Oscar in 1995, will rep Russia for the fourth time with latest pic “12,” while Colombia and Chile have selected pics from newcomers to represent them in the foreign language Oscar race.
Mikhalkov’s feature is a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1957 court drama “12 Angry Men.” In Mikhalkov’s version, the jurors debate the fate of a Chechen man accused of murdering the Russian officer who adopted him.
Pic screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival, where Mikhalkov received a special Golden Lion for his body of work.
Colombia has picked Andres Baiz’s horror pic “Satanas” (Satanas: Profile of a Killer), based on a novel by Mario Mendoza. Pic is produced by Proyecto Tucan, Rio Negro and Dynamo Capital. L.A.-based the Little Film Co. handles international sales.
Meanwhile, Rodrigo Sepulveda’s soph effort, family drama “Padre nuestro” (Our Father), will rep Chile. Primer Plano Group and exec producer Alejandro Burr of Caco handle international sales.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the foreign language film nominations on Jan. 22. The Oscar ceremony takes place Feb. 24.