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.