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Chile's No Makes Semifinal Oscars Cut

By December 21, 2012

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One Spanish-language film, Chile's No, has made the shortlist of nine films eligible to be among the five nominated early next year for the Oscars' best foreign-language film.

Even beginning Spanish students will have no difficulty understanding an image that appear's early in the the film's trailer, which can be seen at the film's official website. A TV commercial urges viewers: Vote No. No, that's not English: Vote is the third-person singular imperative form of votar (the verb for "to vote"), and no, of course, is an obvious cognate.

The film stars Gael García Bernal (see a Spanish-language profile of the popular Mexican actor at About.com's Películas site) and tells the story of the advertising campaign in 1988 that led to the ouster of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in a national referendum.

Although the film has been released in Mexico and Chile, so far it has appeared mostly at film festivals. It is tentatively scheduled for a limited U.S. release in February.

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