Cristo Rey to compete for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar
According to critics, this year’s Dominican entry has a better chance of being on the shortlist for the coveted Best Foreign Language film category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscars competition. Leticia Tonos’ “Cristo Rey” film, described as a Romeo & Juliet-style drama about two half-brothers chasing the same girl, was submitted by the Dominican Republic for the 2015 Oscars competition for best foreign film. The film has competed in several top film festivals after debuting at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. The DR has been sending films, mostly comedies, to the Oscar competition since 1983, but none have ever been nominated.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts is scheduled to announce the list of eligible submissions in October 2014. Nine finalists selected from several dozen entries will then be shortlisted in mid-January 2015. Of these, the final five nominations will be announced in January 2015 for the Academy Awards presentation that will be aired on ABC on Sunday, 22 February 2015. The award is presented annually by the Academy to the feature-length motion picture that is produced outside the United States that contains mainly non-English dialogue. A Foreign Language Film Award Committee overseas the process and reviews all the submitted films. The nine shortlisted contenders are revealed a week before the announcement of the Oscar nominations. The submitted motion picture must have been first released theatrically in its home country between 1 October and 30 September 2014. The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2014.
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