Brazil has unveiled the 12 titles that have registered to vie for the South American country’s candidacy to the Academy Awards in the foreign language competition. The list includes ten fiction films and two documentaries directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho, Karim Aïnouz, and Alexandre Moratto, among others.
The complete list of films are Bacurau by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, Los silencios by Beatriz Seigner, The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão / A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão by Karim Aïnouz, Sócrates by Alex Moratto, A última abolição by Alice Gomes, A voz do silêncio by André Ristum, Bio by Carlos Gerbase, Legalidade by Zeca Brito, Humberto Mauro by André Di Mauro, Espero tua (re)volta by Eliza Capai, Chorar de Rir by Toniko Melo, and Simonal by Leonardo Domingues
A special nine-person committee will select the Oscar candidate among the 12 entries and announce it on Tuesday, August 27. The committee is comprised by directors Anna Muylaert (The Second Mother), David Shürmann and Zelito Viana; producers Sara Silveira (Good Manners) and Vania Catani (Zama); director of photography Walter Carvalho (Central Station); screenwriter Mikael de Albuquerque, critic and programmer Amir Labaki, and Ilda Santiago, director of the Rio Film Festival.