Argentina has selected Luis Ortega’s well-received Cannes Film Festival crime drama The Angel (El Angel) as its contender for the Foreign Language Oscar. The film, produced by Pedro Almodóvar, broke box office records in its home country; The Orchard acquired U.S. rights after its Un Certain Regard bow and has set a November 9 theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles for the film before rolling it out nationally.

The pic from Ortega, who directed and co-wrote with Sergio Olguin and Rodolfo Palacios, is a portrait based on Argentina’s real-life serial killer dubbed “The Angel of Death.” The pic picks up the story when Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro), a 17-year-old with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face in 1970s Buenos Aires, meets Ramon (Chino Darín) who embark on a journey of discovery, love and murder. When he is finally caught, the press dubs Carlitos  “The Angel of Death and he becomes an overnight celebrity.

Here’s the trailer:

Argentina won the Foreign Language Oscar in 2009 with The Secret in Their Eyes, and most recently scored a nom in the category in 2014 with Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales.

Here’s the list of the Oscar submissions so far in the category:

2019 Foreign Language Film Oscar Submissions

  • Algeria – Until The End Of Time – Yasmine Chouikh
  • Argentina– The Angel (El Angel) – Luis Ortega
  • AustriaThe Waldheim Waltz – Ruth Beckermann
  • BelarusCrystal Swan – Darya Zhuk
  • BelgiumGirl – Lukas Dhont
  • Bolivia – Muralla – Rodrigo Patiño
  • BosniaNever Leave Me – Aida Begic
  • BrazilThe Great Mystical Circus – Carlos Diegues
  • BulgariaOmnipresent – Ilian Djevelekov
  • CambodiaGraves Without A Name – Rithy Pan
  • Canada – Watch Dog – Sophie Dupuis
  • Chile – And Suddenly The Dawn – Silvio Caiozzi
  • Colombia– Birds of Passage, Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra
  • CroatiaThe Eighth Commissioner – Ivan Salaj
  • Czech Republic – Winter Flies – Olmo Omerzu
  • Denmark – The Guilty – Gustav Möller
  • Dominican Republic – Cocote – Nelson Carlo de los Santos
  • EcuadorA Son Of Man – Jamaicanoproblem and Pablo Agüero
  • Egypt – Yomeddine – Abu Bakr Shawky
  • EstoniaTake It Or Leave It – Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo
  • FinlandEuthanizer – Teemu Nikin
  • FranceMemoir Of War – Emmanuel Finkiel
  • GeorgiaNamme – Zaza Khalvashi
  • GermanyNever Look Away – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • GreecePolyxeni – Dora Masklavanou
  • Hong KongPolyxeni – Dora Masklavanou
  • India – Village Rockstars – Rima Das
  • Indonesia – Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts – Mouly Surya
  • Iraq – The Journey – Mohamed Al-Daradji
  • Iran – No Date, No Signature – Vahid Jalilvand
  • IsraelThe Cakemaker – Ofir Raul Grazier
  • ItalyDogman – Matteo Garrone
  • JapanShoplifters – Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • KosovoThe Marriage – Blerta Zeqiri
  • LatviaTo Be Continued – Ivars Seleckis
  • LebanonCapernaum – Nadine Labaki
  • LithuaniaWonderful Losers: A Different World – Arunas Matelis
  • LuxembourgGutland – Govinda Van Maele
  • Macedonia: Secret Ingredient – Gjorce Stavreski
  • Mexico – Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • Morocco – Burnout – Nour Eddine Lakhmari
  • NetherlandsThe Resistance Banker – Joram Lürsen
  • NorwayWhat Will People Say – Iram Haq
  • PalestineGhost Hunting – Raed Andoni
  • Pakistan – Cake – Asim Abbasi
  • Panama – Ruben Blades Is Not My Name – Abner Benaim
  • Peru – Eternity – Oscar Catacora
  • Poland Cold War – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Portugal – Peregrinação – João Botelho
  • RomaniaI Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians – Radu Jude
  • SerbiaOffenders – Dejan Zecevic
  • SingaporeBuffalo Boys – Mike Wiluan
  • SlovakiaThe Interpreter – Martin Sulik
  • SloveniaIvan – Janez Burger
  • South KoreaBurning – Lee Chang-dong
  • SpainChampions – Javier Fesser
  • SwedenBorder – Ali Abbasi
  • SwitzerlandEldorado – Markus Imhoof
  • Taiwan  – The Grerat Buddha+ – Huang Hsin-Yao
  • Thailand – Malila: The Farewell Flower – Anucha Boonyawatana
  • Tunisia – Beauty And The Dogs – Kaouther Ben Hania
  • TurkeyThe Wild Pear Tree – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • UkraineDonbass – Sergei Loznitsa
  • UK – I Am Not A Witch – Rungano Nyoni
  • VenezuelaThe Family – Gustavo Rondon Cordova