Chile’s entry in the competition for the best foreign film Oscar will be Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda”, while “Aqui no ha pasado nada”, by Alejandro Fernandez, is to represent the Andean nation in Spain’s Goya awards.
Culture Minister Ernesto Ottone on Tuesday announced the choices during a ceremony at the official residence of Spain’s ambassador to Chile Carlos Robles Fraga.
Larrain’s film focuses on the period in the life of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda when the poet and politician went underground amid a crackdown on the Chilean Communist Party.
“Aqui no ha pasado nada” (Nothing happened here) is inspired by the case of the son of a Chilean politician who fled the scene of a car accident in which he fatally ran over a poor farmer.
The minister lamented that Chilean films draw bigger audiences abroad than at home.
Larrain may have more than one entry in the Oscar sweepstakes.