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UKRAINIAN SHERIFFS Selected as Ukraine’s Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

Ukraine selects Roman Bondarchuk’s documentary UKRANIAN SHERIFFS to represent the nation in this year’s Academy Award Foreign Language Category.The film premiered  at last year’s Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, where it won the jury special prize in the main competition.

Viktor and Volodya, two democratically chosen sheriffs, who try to keep the peace in their East-Ukrainian village near Crimea. Every day they do their utmost to settle neighborly disputes over lost ducks, stuck strollers, and other tragedies of daily life with compassion and a healthy sense of humor. On the eve of the country’s 70th anniversary of WWII’s victory, the village starts to feel the rumblings of the Russian invasion of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.  Men are being drafted into the Ukrainian Army to defend their country. Viktor and Volodya find themselves dealing with the rising tension of the impending invasion.

Stay tuned for more on this heartfelt, often comical, slice-of-life documentary on Ukranian Sheriffs!

Roman Bondarchuk is the artistic director of the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Docudays UA. As a documentary filmmaker, he has collaborated with MDR, ZDF, Arte and other European TV channels. Some of his well-known award-winning films include THE TAXI-DRIVER, RADUNYTSIA, and EUROMAIDAN. ROUGH CUT. and CAFE VOYAGE. UKRAINIAN SHERIFFS marks his first feature-length documentary.


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85 countries vie for foreign language film Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Oct 13 — Yemen is competing for an Academy Award for best foreign language film for the first time, one of 85 countries submitting entries including Paul Verhoeven’s Elle and Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta, organisers announced Tuesday.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscars, will consider Yemeni director Khadija al-Salami’s I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced — which explores the culture of child brides — it said in a statement.

The entries for Best Foreign Language Film also include Dutch director Verhoeven’s Elle, a transgressive thriller starring French actress Isabelle Huppert, and Afterimage, by the legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda, who died Sunday.

Wajda portrayed the last years of avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who battled Stalinist orthodoxy, in a film some see as a metaphor for present-day Poland under the conservative Law and Justice Party.

Mexico’s Jonas Cuaron, son of star director Alfonso Cuaron, directed his country’s entry, the thriller Desierto, while Spain entered Almodovar’s Julieta, a vibrant portrait of a woman confronting crisis.

Switzerland submitted the animated My Life as a Zucchini, by Claude Barras, and Italy sent Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea, a documentary about migrants’ lives, focusing on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The academy will make a preliminary cut later this year before announcing five finalists in January.

The 89th Oscars ceremony is set for February 26, 2017.

Hungary’s Son of Saul, by director Laszlo Nemes, won the prestigious award this year. — AFP

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‘Visaranai’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2017

Tamil film director Vetrimaran’s Visaranai has been selected as the official entry to Oscars 2017 in the Foreign Language Film category. The film, based on police brutality, had bagged three National Film awards.

Visaranai, produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Productions, and based on M. Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up, has already received international accolades, including at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, before its theatrical release.

A pleased Vetrimaaran confirmed to The Hindu that he had indeed heard from the officials about the submission.

The movie was chosen out of 29 contenders, said secretary general of Film Federation of India Supran Sen.

The other Tamil films to be officially selected in the past for the Oscars are Jeans, Indian, Kurithipunal, Devar Magan, Anjali, Nayagan, Deiva Magan.

 The 89th Academy Awards event is scheduled for in February 2017 in Los Angeles.
(Source: The Internet Desk http://www.thehindu.com)

Chaitanya Tamhane Is On This Year’s Venice Film Festival Jury

Good news for Indian indie lovers: filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane will be on the jury of the Orizzonti (Horizons) section of this year’s Venice International Film Festival, as per a report by Variety.

His debut film Court, a multilingual courtroom drama, had won two awards at the prestigious festival in 2014 — the Lion Of The Future for Tamhane and Best Film – Orizzonti. It later went on to win many awards at festivals all around the world before winning the National Award for Best Feature Film in 2015.

Court was officially selected as India’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the 88th Academy Awards. However, it failed to garner a nomination.

The Horizons section at Venice, the oldest film festival in the world, is dedicated to the discovery of cutting-edge cinema. Tamhane’s fellow jury members include American film critic and historian Jim Hoberman, Egyptian actress Nelly Karim, Italian actress Valentina Lodovini, South Korean actress-director Moon So-ri, and Spanish critic Jose Maria Prado.

In June, Tamhane was selected to be mentored by Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón under the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative for 2016–17.

*Featured photo: Writer and director Chaitanya Tamhane poses with the Orizzonti Award for Best Film and the Lion of the Future for a debut film (Luigi De Laurentis) for his movie ‘Court’ during a photocall following the awards ceremony on the closing day of the 71st Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2014 at Venice Lido. Photo credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

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