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List of Ecuadorian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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List of Ecuadorian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Ecuador has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on an irregular basis since 2000. 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.[1] As of 2014, four Ecuadorean films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and none has yet been nominated for an Oscar.


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. 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.[1] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Ecuador for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony. Both films were in Spanish.

Film title used in nomination Spanish title Director Result
Dreams from the Middle of the World Sueños en la mitad del mundo Naranjo Estrella, CarlosCarlos Naranjo Estrella Not Nominated
Chronicles Crónicas Cordero, SebastiánSebastián Cordero Not Nominated
Porcelain Horse[2] Mejor No Hablar (de Ciertas Cosas) Andrade, JavierJavier Andrade Not Nominated
Silence in Dreamland[3] Silencio en la tierra de los sueños Molina, TitoTito Molina

Ecuador's first submission, "Dreams from the Middle of the World", told three stories featuring mysterious woman in rural Ecuador: a Spanish woman suddenly arrives in a small secluded town to give piano lessons, a professor believes a blonde stranger has something to do with a series of strange events, and a vacationing couple confront a native demon-spirit called a guadagnó. Producer Alfredo Marcovici told the New York Times in February 2001 that "Here in Ecuador it means a lot to be in the academy because it is so difficult to make movies here. If [a nomination] happens, it would be like a gift from God..[4]

Ecuador's second submission, "Crónicas", was a thriller about a group of tabloid journalists who journey to Ecuador to investigate a serial killer. The film was set and filmed in Ecuador by an Ecuadorean director, and featured an international cast from the United States (John Leguizamo), Mexico (Damián Alcázar and José María Yazpik), the UK (Alfred Molina) and Spain (Leonor Watling). The film was given a limited US theatrical release,[5] and released on DVD with English subtitles.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  2. ^ """Ecuador busca estar en los Oscar con "Mejor no hablar de ciertas cosas. El Nacional. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  3. ^ "‘Silencio en la tierra de los sueños’, a los Óscar". El Universal. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Bohlen, Celestine (2001-02-12). "The Long, Felliniesque Road to Hollywood; For Foreign-Language Films in Search of an Oscar, Obstacles at Every Turn". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  5. ^

External links

  • The Official Academy Awards Database
  • The Motion Picture Credits Database
  • IMDb Academy Awards Page
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