Mexico chooses 'Crimen' for Oscar contention

Mexico chooses 'Crimen' for Oscar contention
MEXICO CITY -- The controversial hit El Crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro) has been selected as Mexico's Academy Award contender in the foreign language category. Due to the film's commercial appeal and critical acclaim, Friday's announcement by the Mexican Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences was not surprising. Thirteen films were in the running this year. Despite the controversial subject matter, which has raised eyebrows in this predominantly Catholic nation, director Carlos Carrera's film has received favorable reviews and shattered the all-time boxoffice record among Mexican productions. In just 20 days, Padre Amaro raked in 118.5 million pesos ($11.8 million), surpassing Sexo, pudor y lagrimas (Sex, Shame & Tears), which grossed 117 million pesos on a 26-week run in 1999.

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