`El Rumor de las Piedras’ to represent Venezuela at Oscars

August 23rd, 2011 - 11:42 am ICT by IANS  

Caracas, Aug 23 (IANS/EFE) “El Rumor de las Piedras”, directed by Alejandro Bellame, will represent Venezuela in the Best Foreign Film category at the 84th edition of the Oscars.

“It’s a rather complete film, a moving film,” Venezuelan moviemaker Efterpi Charalambidis, the president of the committee tasked with selecting the nation’s representative work for the Oscars, told EFE.

“El Rumor de las Piedras” will begin showing here Sep 30 and after that the efforts to get it known outside Venezuela will begin, said Charalambidis.

The film tells the story of a mother who tries, along with her family, to overcome the tragedy suffered in the state of Vargas in 1999 with landslides and flooding due to torrential rains, natural disasters that caused more than 20,000 deaths and disappearances.

Concern about the future of the children, violence and the need for housing are the themes around which the drama is centered.

Charalambidis said that, after a “rich” debate, the committee selected “El Rumor de las Piedras” from among the 11 films competing to represent the South American country at this year’s Oscars.

–IANS/EFE
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