"The Dogs" will represent Chile at Spain's Goya awards

Santiago, Sep 12 (EFE).- Chilean filmmaker Marcela Said's film "Los Perros" (The Dogs) is set to contend for Best Film at the 2019 edition of Spain's Goya awards, Culture Minister Consuelo Valdes said Wednesday.

"Said paints an intimate portrait of the difficult decisions a woman must make and has been received many awards at several international events for good reason," Valdes said during a ceremony in which she also announced that Silvio Caiozzi's "...Y de pronto el amanecer" (And Suddenly, Sunrise) will represent Chile at next year's Oscars.

"Los Perros" will be competing for best Ibero-American film at the 33rd edition of the Goyas, which will take place Feb. 2, 2019 in Seville.

The film tells the story of an affluent woman (Antonia Zegers) living in modern Chile who falls in love with her horse-riding instructor (Alfredo Castro), who turns out to be a former army colonel involved in crimes against humanity during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

CinemaChile CEO Constanza Arena said that the film is a "very strong" contender for the Goya Awards and highlighted the fact that Zegers and Castro are both very renowned in Spain.

"We are very confident about this film," Arena told EFE, adding that the movie has already received much worldwide acclaim, as well as a total of 15 international prizes.