Oscar 2015: The Clan is Argentine’s Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

The Argentine Film Academy announced that Pablo Trapero’s The Clan will be the country’s submission to the Oscars’ foreign-language category.

The film will also bid for a nomination at the Spanish Goya awards in the best Ibero-American film slate.

Based on the true story of an infamous family of kidnappers, the film produced, among others by Pedro and Agustin Almodovar‘s El Deseo, won the Silver Lion for best director in Venice Film Fest, and competed in Toronto’s new Platform section.

Trapero, who recently signed with CAA, headed Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury in 2014, and has had two previous films selected as nominees in the same Oscar category (Lion’s Den and Carancho).

The Clan broke the box office record at home for best domestic opener, a mark previously held by the country’s latest Oscar contestant, Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales.

The film also topped Argentina’s latest Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes at the all-time box office ranking in Argentina.  The high-budget film that tapped into a still-remembered crime story from the 1980s, cast both popular comedian Guillermo Francella (The Secret In Their Eyes) as Arquimedes Puccio, and teen soap star Pedro Lanzani as his son and accomplice Alejandro.

The Clan will be released in the US by Fox.