CANTINFLAS Is Mexico's Submission For The Academy Awards, LA DICTADURA PERFECTA Goes For The Goya
After the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences (AMACC) revealed which films were going to be considered for the 2015 Academy and Goya Awards, I said the "clear favorites" were the Cantinflas biopic and the political satire La Dictadura Perfecta.
Yesterday it was announced that, indeed, Cantinflas is Mexico's submission for the Oscars, while La Dictadura Perfecta for the Spanish equivalent.
I have seen Cantinflas already and since my review is coming on September 17, I will just say it would be a surprise if Mexico gets the Best Foreign Language Film nomination with this biopic. However, Cantinflas is already a commercial success in the United States, so the task is not impossible.
Cantinflas is about to open in several Latin America countries: Mexico and Bolivia (September 18), Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador (September 25), Colombia and Panama (October 2), Dominican Republic (October 9), Chile and Uruguay (October 16), Brazil (October 22), and Peru (October 23).
On the other hand, Mexico's submission for the Goya Awards, La Dictadura Perfecta, is director Luis Estrada's take on the current Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and the influence the media has on politics. Estrada's previous political satire, El Infierno, was nominated for the Goya in 2011, and ever since Mexico has been present in each ceremony. La Dictadura Perfecta opens in Mexico until October 16, but it seems it has a bigger chance to earn the nomination than Cantinflas at the Oscars. We'll see.