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Oscar feels the ‘Love’

Costa Rica sends Hidalgo's pic to Academy

Hilda Hidalgo’s directorial debut “Del amor y otros demonios” (Of Love and Other Demons) is Costa Rica’s contender for a foreign Oscar film nomination.

This is only the second time Costa Rica has sent an entry, following Esteban Ramirez’s “Caribe” in 2004.

Drama is an adaptation of Colombian Nobel prizewinner Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel of the same title. Shot in Cartagena, Colombia where the novel takes place, drama centers on the 13-year-old daughter of aristocrats who is locked away in a convent after being bitten by a rabid dog and thought to be possessed by the devil. A priest sent to mind her falls under her spell.

Pic was co-produced by Alicia Films of Costa Rica and Colombia’s CMO Prods. in association with Mexico’s Cacerola Films.

On a separate note, Cuba has decided not to send a pic this year, according to a spokesperson for its film institute, Icaic.

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.

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