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Acclaimed at the Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian, BFI London, San Francisco and Miami film festivals, the film 'La caja' has been selected as Venezuela's candidate for the Oscar. Photo: Courtesy MUBI.
Acclaimed at the Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian, BFI London, San Francisco and Miami film festivals, the film 'La caja' has been selected as Venezuela's candidate for the Oscar. Photo: Courtesy MUBI.

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The film 'La Caja', selected to represent Venezuela at the Oscar Awards, opens in theaters in the United States in November.

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'La caja' tells the story of Hatzín (character played by debutant actor Hatzín Navarrete), a young teenager from Mexico City who travels to the north of the country to collect his father's remains, which have been found in a common grave under the immense sky and in an empty landscape. On the way home, Hatzin sees a man and is instantly convinced that she is his father. With this conviction, he barges into his life by force and gets involved in what he believes to be the family business: recruiting laborers.

A short time later, Hatzín finds himself immersed in a story of maturation with a lot of risk and blood. Although his identity crisis is common to most adolescents, Hatzin's is told in the context of a country with countless cases of disappearances.

Set in northern Mexico, 'La caja' is the third and final part of the fictional trilogy by Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas on the subject of his father figure. Previously, 'Elephants Never Forget', screened at Cannes Critics' Week in 2004, and 'From afar', the director's debut film that won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2015, thus becoming the first Latin American film to receive that award.

In addition to Navarrete, the cast of the film is made up of: Hernán Mendoza (Mario), Elián González (Richi), Cristina Zulueta (Mario's wife), Dulce Alexa Alfaro (Laura), Graciela Beltrán (Laura's mother).

The psychological thriller, which offers a critical look at the world of maquilas and their working conditions in the Latin American country, has been filmed by renowned Chilean cinematographer Sergio Armstrong and produced by Mexican director Michel Franco (Chronic, Nuevo órden)

After being acclaimed at numerous international film festivals, such as Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian, BFI London, San Francisco and Miami, the film 'La caja' has been selected as Venezuela's candidate for the Oscar in the category of best international feature film.

The 92-minute film will premiere on Friday, November 4 at New York's Cinema Village. It will also be available on the MUBI streaming platform starting Friday, November 11.

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