Peru’s National Film Council, Conacine, has selected Cannes 2010 Un Certain Regard Grand Jury prize winner “October” (Octubre) to represent the country in the foreign-language Oscar category.
The feature debut of brothers Daniel and Diego Vega centers on a loner pawnbroker whose life changes dramatically when someone abandons a baby on his bed. He turns to his neighbor, a devotee of October’s feast of our Lord of the Miracles, for help.
Other Peruvian pics in contention were “El ultimo guerrero Chanka” (The Last Chanka Warrior) by Víctor Amadeo Zarabia, “La vigilia” (The Vigil) by Augusto Tamayo and “El Inca, la boba y el hijo del ladron” (The Inca, the Idiot and the Son of a Thief) by Ronnie Temoche.
“October” has been making the rounds in the festival circuit and has sold to Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Canada among other countries. U.S. rights-holder New Yorker Films released the pic in the spring.
The deadline for all countries to send in their submissions is Oct. 1. The 84th Academy Awards will be held Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.