Written and directed by Filho, his debut pic unspooled in the Rio Intl. Film Festival last year, when it won the the feature and script Redentor kudos.
A former film critic, Filho is seen as the leading figure of the promising new generation of indie auteurs from the northeaster Brazilian state of Pernambuco. The Portuguese-lingo pic centers around community in Recife, Pernambuco’s capital, where a private security firm imposes new rules.
The pic won the Fipresci award at Rotterdam, Gramado and Oslo Films of the South festivals, among a slew of other sprocket operas.
The deadline for submitting to the foreign-language category is Oct. 1. Nominations will be announced Jan. 16 and the ceremony will be held March 2 at the Dolby Theater.