Films competing for the Oscar this year for the best foreign language film category will be screened from Friday to Sunday this weekend in Bucharest, at “Elvira Popescu” Cinema, says a Voodoo Films press release.
“Oscar Weekend” is due one week after the opening of the first voting session for the Oscars. Nomination for the Academy Awards will be announced on January 24 and the awarding ceremony is scheduled on February 26.
The “Oscar Weekend” is inviting the movie fans in Romania to enjoy some of the foreign films that represented their countries in the Academy Awards’ competition.
The event will screen “Paradise (Ray)” by Andrei Koncealovski, awarded the Silver Lion for the best direction at the Venice Festival last year, which is Russia’s proposal for this category, “Juste la fin du monde” Canadian production directed by Xavier Dolan, awarded the Grand prize in Cannes (2016) and “The Salesman (Forushande)” directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran), awarded the best actor and the best script prizes at Cannes festival last year.
The festival in Bucharest will also comprise Australia, Germany, Denmark or Switzerland’s proposals. “Tanna” (Australia) is a love story shot in Tanna Island in South Pacific, awarded the audience prize and the prize for the best image at the Film festival in Venice.
“Toni Erdmann” comedy directed by Maren Aden is representing Germany in the race for Oscar. The movie, almost exclusively shot in Romania, was designated ‘the best film of the year” by the International Federation of the Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and the best European film by the European Film Academy.
Denmark is proposing “Land of Mine (Under Sundet)” directed by Martin Zandvliet, while Switzerland will go with an animation movie “Ma vie de courgette/ My pumpkin life” by Claude Barras.
Romania’s proposal, “Sieranevada” by Cristi Puiu, will open the “Oscar Weekend” festival on Friday, January 13.
“Elle” by Paul Verhoeven is France’s proposal for Oscars, while Italian movie “Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare)” directed by Gianfranco Rosi, is a documentary awarded the Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival.
“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” directed by Finnish Juho Kuosmanen, will also be screened.
Tickets are available at Eventbook.ro and at the cinema’s booking office. The event is organized by Cinemascop Association and Voodoo Films, with the French Institute, France’s Embassy, Elvire Popesco Cinema, Independența Film, Macondo cultural association, InterCom Film, microFILM, Clorofilm and Mandragora as partners.