‘Silent House’ is Uruguay entry

Gustavo Hernandez horror film vies for Oscar

Uruguay is submitting helmer Gustavo Hernandez’s low-budget horror pic “La casa muda” (The Silent House) to vie for a foreign-language film Oscar nomination.

A committee formed by Uruguay’s film institute, producers organization and actors union chose the chiller over Alejandro Pi’s “Reus,” Cesar Charlone’s “Artigas” and Daniel Hendler’s “Norberto.”

“La casa muda,” touted as the first horror pic shot in one take, tracks Laura (Florencia Colucci) and her father Wilson (Abel Tripaldi), who arrive at what turns out to be a haunted country house to fix it up for resale. The last 78 minutes follow, in real time, Laura’s attempts to escape the house after Wilson dies.

The $6 million pic unspooled in Directors’ Fortnight at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Elle Driver handles international sales.

“Open Water” helmers Chris Kentis and Lara Lau made an English-language version, “Silent House,” starring Elizabeth Olsen, which screened at Sundance this year.

The deadline for countries to send in their Oscar submissions is Monday. The 84th Academy Awards will be held Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

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