Oscars: Dominican Republic Selects ‘Cocote’ for Foreign-Language Category

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A report by Agustín Mango for The Hollywood Reporter.

Nelson Carlo de Los Santos’ film premiered in Toronto, and won the best film award in the Signs of Life section of the Locarno film festival.

The Dominican Republic’s film commission, DGCINE, has chosen Nelson Carlo de Los Santos’ Cocote to represent the country in both the Oscars’ foreign-language category and Spain’s Goya awards.

Cocote follows Alberto (Vicente Santos), a kindhearted young gardener returning home to attend his father’s funeral. When he discovers that a powerful local figure is responsible for his father’s death, Alberto realizes that he’s been summoned by his family to avenge the murder.

Premiering in Toronto in 2017, the second film by de Los Santos won the best film award in Locarno’s Signs of Life section, as well as the Latin American competition at the Mar del Plata Film Festival that same year, and is currently being distributed in the US by Grasshopper Film.

The Dominican Republic first submitted a film to the Oscars in 1983, and it has done so regularly since 2011. The country has yet to obtain a nomination.

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