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Argentines pick cowboy film to compete for Oscar

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Posted: Oct 03, 2011 10:59 PM
Argentines pick cowboy film to compete for Oscar

A film about a guilt-wracked assassin who spends the rest of his life on horseback in penitence after killing a man will represent Argentina in the competition to be nominated as one of the best foreign-language films in the next Academy Awards.

Argentine film academy president Juan Jose Campanella says "Aballay, el hombre sin miedo" (Aballay, a man without fear) by Fernando Spiner has received 22 of 66 votes from academy members, edging out the favorite, "Un cuento Chino" (A Chinese Tale), starring Ricardo Darin.

Spiner told reporters on Monday that he feels enormously flattered to be nominated.

He said among the film's merits is that "it's a very Argentine story, and it includes great acting."