Friday, December 22, 2023

#Oscars2023 International Feature Film Shortlist

Yesterday The Academy released the Shortlist for several categories including the International Feature Film with 15 films advancing to the next voting round for the selection of the five nominees that will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

Category shortlist comes from 88 films submitted by international countries which qualified and were eligible to be considered. Academy members from all branches were invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting and must have met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.

Now, in the nominations round, Academy members from all branches can participate but have to watch all 15 shortlisted films.

It's a fantastic list of great films as include films that are absolutely must-be-seen for me and I'm dying to watch like films from Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Bhutan and Mexico ... and if it was all about me I said give each of those films a nomination as without realized I listed five. But know academics vote differently and probably the final five will not look alike;

The Shortlist of Fifteen

Armenia: Ամերիկացի Amerikatsi, Michael A. Goorjian

Bhutan: The Monk and the Gun, Pawo Choyning Dorji

Denmark: Bastarden (The Promised Land), Nikolaj Arcel #Venezia80 #BiennaleCinema2023 Competition

Finland: Kuolleet lehdet (Fallen Leaves), Aki Kaurismäki #Cannes2023 Competition Jury Award winner, AFCAE Art House Cinema Award Special Mention, and Palm Dog Grand Prix du Jury Award winner

France: La Passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Taste of Things), Trần Anh Hùng #Cannes2023 Competition Best Director award winner

Germany: Das Lehrerzimmer (The Teachers' Lounge), Ilker Çatak #Berlinale2023 C.I.C.A.E. Panorama and Label Europa Cinemas awards winner

Iceland: Volaða Land (Godland), Hlynur Pálmason #Cannes2022 #UnCertainRegard

Italy: Io Capitano, Matteo Garrone #Venezia80 Competition #CinemaBiennale2023 Lion of the Future award winner and many more collateral awards winner

Japan: Perfect Days, Wim Wenders #Cannes2023 Out of Competition Best Actor award winner

Mexico: Tótem (Totem), Lila Avilés #Berlinale2023 Competition Ecumenical Jury Award winner

Morocco: كذب أبيض Kadib Abyad (The Mother of All Lies), Asmae El Moudir (documentary) #Cannes2023 #UnCertainRegard Best Director award winner and L'Œil d'Or Documentary Award winner

Spain: La Sociedad de la Nieve (Society of Snow), J.A. Bayona #BiennaleCinema 2024 Out of Competition Closing Film

Tunisia: بنات ألفة Les Filles d'Olfa (Four Daughters), Kaouther Ben Hania #Cannes2023 Competition L'Œil d'Or Award winner (documentary)

Ukraine: 20 днів у Маріуполі (20 Days in Mariupol), Mstyslav Chernov (documentary) #Sundance2023 World Cinema Documentary Audience Award winner

United Kingdom: The Zone of Interest, Johanthan Glazer #Cannes2023 Competition Grand Prix winner and FIPRESCI Competition award winner

The 96th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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