Rodrigo Moreno's Los Delincuentes has been selected as Argentina’s entry for the Oscars next year.
The heist comedy-drama, starring Daniel Elías and Esteban Bigliardi, will hope to win a third statuette for the country in the Best International Feature Film category after victories in 1986 with La historia oficial (“The Official Story”) and in 2010 El secreto de sus ojos (“The Secret in Their Eyes”).
Announcement of the nomination was delivered via a live streaming broadcast from a television studio broadcast via the official Instagram account of the Academia de Cine Argentina.
"The chosen film will be our ambassador in the search for the prestigious award given by the Hollywood Film Academy," the Argentine film academy confirmed on social media.
The 96th edition of the Oscars will take place on March 10, 2024. After coming close last year with Santiago Mitre’s Argentina, 1985, which made the shortlist, the cinematic community will be hoping to go one step further.
Los Delincuentes competed in the prestigious official section "Un Certain Regard" category at the Cannes International Film Festival 2023. It was also part of the programme of the New York International Film Festival 2023 as part of its “Official Selection,” and was also presented at the Toronto International Film Festival 2023 in the "Centrepiece" section.
What is the film about?
Los Delincuentes, written and directed by Rodrigo Moreno, combines crime with dramatic comedy.
The plot revolves around Román and Morán, who work at a small branch of a bank in Buenos Aires. Seeking to escape the monotony that consumes them day after day, Morán devises a daring plan in collaboration with his partner: stealing an amount of money equivalent to what they would earn in wages, if they worked until their retirement.
The two friends decide to carry out this plan and follow it through to its ultimate consequences.
Who decides which film represents Argentina?
To choose the national film nominated for the Oscars, all members of the local academy who have paid their dues, which is currently a fee of 1,500 pesos, can cast a vote.
There are currently more than 400 members, and last year, given the enthusiasm generated by Argentina, 1985, the vote produced a record turnout, with 70 percent of eligible members voting to see which film would go to the Oscars.
To be eligible, films must have been released between December 1, 2022 and October 31, 2023, and have been in theatres for at least seven consecutive days.