Oscars: Ecuador Selects A SON OF MAN for the Academy Awards


Ecuador has become the third South American country—after Venezuela and Colombia—to announce its candidate for the 91st edition of the Academy Awards in the foreign-language film competition. The Academy of Audiovisual and Cinematographic Arts of Ecuador, helmed by Gonzalo Ponce, selected the drama Un hijo de hombre / A Son of Man by Luis Felipe Fernández-Salvador, a.k,a. Jamaicanoproblem, and Pablo Agüero, as its contender. 

The film shot in the jungles of the South American country follows Pipe, a circumspect American teenager from the rich suburbs of Minneapolis who reluctantly joins his mysterious father in Ecuador,  his father’s home country, where they embark on a treasure hunt for Incan gold. During their perilous expedition, the young man will understand that he and his father cannot escape their family demons.

A Son of Man becomes the seventh Ecuadorian Oscar candidate since the country first submitted a contender in 2000. The country has yet to receive an Oscar nomination.