Colombia’s newly formed Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has selected Oscar Ruiz Navia’s directorial debut “El vuelco del cangrejo” (Crab Trap) to represent the country in the race for a foreign-language film Oscar nomination.
Pic, a festival darling, has won a string of awards including the Fipresci prize at Berlin and special jury prize for debut at Havana.
Written by Ruiz Navia, drama is set in a remote coastal town where a visitor gets entangled in the locals’ struggle against a resort developer.
Pic was co-produced by Colombia’s Contravia Films and Diana Bustamante and France’s Arizona Films.
Submissions for the foreign-language film Oscar must reach the Academy by 5 p.m. on Friday. Nominations will be announced on Jan. 25. The 83rd Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theater on Feb. 27.