Bolivia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1995. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[3] It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.[4] Thirteen Bolivian films have been designated to compete for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Five have been accepted by AMPAS, three of which were directed by Juan Carlos Valdivia. So far, no Bolivian film has yet been nominated for an Oscar.

The Bolivian submission is designated by the Asociación de Cineastas Bolivianos (Asocine).[5]

Submissions

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956.[4] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[3] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Bolivia for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

All films were made primarily in Spanish.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director Result
1995
(68th)
Jonah and the Pink Whale Jonás y la ballena rosada Spanish Juan Carlos Valdivia Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
Sexual Dependency Dependencia sexual Spanish, English Rodrigo Bellott Not Nominated
2005
(78th)
Say Good Morning to Dad[A] Di buen día a papá Spanish Fernando Vargas Disqualified
2006
(79th)
American Visa American Visa Spanish, English Juan Carlos Valdivia Not Nominated
2007
(80th)
Los Andes no creen en Dios[B] Los Andes no creen en Dios Spanish Antonio Eguino Disqualified
2009
(82nd)
Zona Sur Zona Sur Spanish, Aymara Juan Carlos Valdivia Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
Forgotten[6] Olvidados Spanish Carlos Bolado Not Nominated
2016
(89th)
Sealed Cargo[7] Carga Sellada Spanish Julia Vargas-Weise Not Nominated
2017
(90th)
Dark Skull[8] Viejo Calavera Spanish Kiro Russo Not Nominated
2018
(91st)
The Goalkeeper[9] Muralla Spanish Rodrigo Patiño Not Nominated
2019
(92nd)
Tu me manques[10] Tu me manques Spanish Rodrigo Bellott Not Nominated
2020
(93rd)
Chaco[11] Chaco Spanish, Aymara, Quechua Diego Mondaca Not Nominated
2021
(94th)
The Great Movement[12] El Gran Movimiento Spanish Kiro Russo
TBD

Three of Bolivia's submissions were directed by Juan Carlos Valdivia and two were co-productions with Mexico. Bolivia's first submission, Jonah and the Pink Whale, is an erotic drama set in the 1980s amidst an upper-class Bolivian family, against a backdrop of military politics and drug trafficking. Eleven years later, Valdivia was again in the competition with American Visa, a comedy-thriller about a Bolivian professor trying to get a visa to join his son and work illegally in the United States. Bolivia's most recent submission, Zona Sur, was also directed by Valdivia, but had no Mexican input. Zona Sur centers on a wealthy, white Bolivian divorcee who is living beyond her means in contemporary Bolivia, and her relationship with her three spoiled children and her two Aymara servants.

Sexual Dependency, a co-production with the United States, was Bolivia's second Oscar submission. Set in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Ithaca, New York, it tells five barely connected stories of teenagers and their early sexual experiences..

See also

Notes

Notes

  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]

References

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