The Argentine films that were nominated for the Oscars and how they did

The nominees will be announced this Tuesday. the 95th edition of the Oscarswith great expectations about the possible appearance of Argentina, 1985 in the category of “Best Foreign Film”.

If it materializes, the film by Santiago Mitre, one of the 15 shortlisted, would become the eighth Argentine film to compete as a nominee for the aforementioned award from the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

So far, seven national productions have been nominated and two of them took the statuette that recognizes the tapes made outside the US territory and where not English language predominates in the film script.

Following, the seven Argentine audiovisuals which were nominated for “Best Foreign Film” at the Oscars:

Trucein 1975

It was about the first Argentine film nominated for the Academy Award. Based on the homonymous novel by the Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti and directed by the Argentine Sergio Renan, recounted the life of Martín Santomé, a 49-year-old widower close to retiring who falls madly in love with his co-worker, Laura Avellaneda, 24.

The film starred Hector Alterio and Ana Maria Picchioand had a great cast made up of Luis Brandoni, Marilina Ross, Aldo Barbero, Juan José Camero, Carlos Carella, Luis Politti, Antonio Gasalla, Cipe Lincovsky and Oscar Martínez.

Truce lost in the Oscar competition to the Franco-Italian film Amarcord, andwritten and directed by Federico Fellini, which tells the story of some characters living in the fictional town of Borgo during the period of Fascist Italy in the 1930s.

Camilain 1985

Directed by Maria Luisa Bemberg and starring Susu Pecoraro, Imanol Arias and Hector Alterio, Camila recreates the true story of romance between the aristocrat Camila O’Gorman (Pecoraro) and the priest Ladislao Gutiérrez (Arias) during the government of Juan Manuel de Rosas in Buenos Aires, in the first half of the 19th century, a relationship that caused a scandal in the church and society of the time.

Susu Pecoraro and Imanol Arias.

Camila did not manage to keep the statuette, which finally went to The Diagonal of the Fool, a film of Swiss origin that narrated a fictitious match for the world chess title between two great Soviet players, the young virtuoso Pavius ​​Fromm and the world champion Akiva Liebskird. In the plot, the board game itself becomes a kind of allegorical parable about the Cold War.

The official storyin 1986

Filmed in secret and released a year after its full completion, The official story was in charge of bringing the first Oscar to Argentinaas well as the first for Latin America.

Directed by Luis Puenzo and starring Hector Alterio and Norma Aleandrothe renowned film is part of the last years of the Argentine military dictatorship and in the life of a history teacher who begins to become aware of what happened in that period when he suspects the origin of his adoptive daughter.

Production and filming took place in 1983, with a weak but effective military government, in charge of Cristino Nicolaides as a member of the fourth and last Military Junta. In this context, Norma Aleandro had doubts about accepting the role of Alicia Marnet de Ibañez for fear of the threats that she, the cast and the production team could receive by the de facto government. Likewise, it represented quite a challenge because it was one of the first roles that he accepted in Argentina after his exile.

Praised by critics at several international festivals, The official story won the award for “Best Foreign Film” at the 58th Academy Awardswhich was carried out on March 24, 1986, date on which the National Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice is commemorated.

In addition, the fact left a funny anecdote because Aleandro herself had to present the nominees to the category for which the award would be won.

“As I am here, on this stage, accepting this honor, I cannot help but remember that another March 24, 10 years ago today, we suffered the last military coup in our country. We will never forget that nightmare, but now we are starting to have new dreams.. Thanks”, Luis Puenzo said in English, from the stage, already with the statuette in their hands.

Tango, Never Leave Mein 1999

co-production between Argentina and Spain. The film, which earned him the country’s fourth nomination for an Oscar, It was written and directed by Carlos Saura, and starring Miguel Ángel Solá and Mía Maestro.

Promotional poster of Tango, Don’t Leave Me Never.

The film narrates the life of Mario Suárez (Solá), a mature film director that he is going through a depression after his wife left him. As a method to recover and overcome this circumstance, the character tries to take refuge in the film that is shooting about tangobut falls in love with the protagonist (Maestro), a dancer whose lover is a mobster who invested money in the production.

Despite great critical reception, Tango, Never Leave Me could not take the statuetteafter losing against Life is BeautifulItalian film written, directed and starring Roberto Benigni that became a classic.

There, Benigni plays an Italian Jewish owner who must use his imagination to protect his young son from the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp.

The Son of the Bride, in 2002

Critical and box office success The son of the bride was directed by Juan Jose Campanella and had Ricardo Darin, Héctor Alterio and Norma Aleandro as protagonists. The cast was made up of Eduardo Blanco, Natalia Verbeke, Gimena Nóbile, Claudia Fontán, David Masajnik and Atilio Pozzobón.

Hector Alterio, Norma Aleandro and Ricardo Darin.

The audiovisual tells the story of Rafael Belvedere (Darin)a man in his 40s who is absorbed by his responsibilities: he dedicates 24 hours to a restaurant he inherited from his father, is divorced, sees little of his daughter, has no friends and avoids committing himself to his current girlfriend.

Added to the overflow of obligations is the lack of time to visit his mother Norma (played by Aleandro), who is in a nursing home because she has Alzheimer’s disease. In this context and with several unexpected and unfortunate events, Rafael is forced to rethink his life and his choices, among which he intends to fulfill an old dream of his mother: marry in church.

This film, one of the most remembered among those made in Argentina, was considered to win the award for “Best Foreign Film” but lost to production of Bosnian origin, In crops of nobody, which recounted the conflict in the Balkans.

The Secret in their Eyes, in 2010

Eight years later, the filmmaker Juan José Campanella was considered again for an Oscar: on this occasion by the renowned The Secret in Their Eyes, that became the second statuette for the country in the category of “Best Foreign Film”.

Produced between Argentina and Spain, and with the stellar performances of Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago and Guillermo Francellathe film tells the experiences of Benjamin Esposito (Darin)an officer of a recently retired Investigating Court in Buenos Aires who comes up with the idea of ​​writing a novel about a murder that occurred in 1974, of which he was a witness and protagonist.

Soledad Villamil and Ricardo Darín.

Within this framework, he recounts the investigation to find the culprit, with details that highlight the political violence and the daily life of Buenos Aires during the military dictatorship. In this way and reliving the past, The memory of a woman also comes to mind (Villamil)whom he has silently loved for all those years.

Finally, on March 7, 2010, Campanella received the Oscar from two legends of the environment, such as Pedro Almodovar and Quentin Tarantino.

“On behalf of a team and cast made up of people I love very much, I want to thank the Academy for not considering the Na’vi like a foreign languageaffirmed and joked Campanella in his speech, with a nod to the film Avatar, who had led the shortlists in most of the nominations.

Wild Tales, in 2015

The last consideration that Argentina had for an Oscar was in 2015, when it was nominated wild tales, by Damian Szifron.

Unlike the dramatic tapes of the previous shortlists, the film was characterized by being an anthology film that told six different stories and with a tint of comedy and black humor To this was added a great cast, made up of first-name figures such as Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg and Darío Grandinetti.

Nevertheless, wild tales could not take the prize. the winner was Going, A production of Polish origin that tells the story of a novice who, about to take her vows, learns of her Jewish origin and her real name.

The Oscar nominees are confirmed this Tuesday.

A less than two months for the ceremony of the 95th awards ceremony of the United States Film Academy, the nominees for all the shortlists that will compete for the Oscar in their respective categories still remain to be known.

The official announcements to win the renowned award that recognizes the best of cinema will be this Tuesday, January 24 at 10:30 a.m. Argentine time, through the social networks of the Film Academy, and will be presented by Riz Ahmed (Sound of silence) and Allison Williams (Flees! and M3GAN).

The Oscars ceremony will be Sunday March 12at its historic headquarters at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, and will be hosted by the presenter, actor and comedian Jimmy Kimmel. The event can be enjoyed throughout Latin America through the TNT signal and TNT Series (in original language).

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