World News – CA – Canada enters international feature film Oscar race with « Funny Boy » by Deepa Mehta


« Funny Boy » by Deepa Mehta to represent Canada in the race for the best international feature film at the 2021 Oscars

Based on Shyam Selvadurai’s bestselling novel, the film follows a young boy’s sexual awakening in Sri Lanka during the Tamil-Sinhala conflict that led to the civil war ARRAY Releasing from Ava DuVernay picked up the film for distribution earlier this month, with a Netflix release slated for December 10, as revealed by Variety

Mehta’s film « Water », the third feature in her Elements trilogy, was nominated for an Academy Award in the International Feature Film category in 2007

« said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada

Telefilm coordinates and chairs – without the right to vote – the pan-Canadian selection committee that decides on the Canadian candidacy. The committee consists of some 20 members representing key government agencies and national associations of the film industry

“Over the past few months, the audiovisual industry has been faced with many challenges brought on by the pandemic, and as we continue to navigate this new reality, let us come together as a country This year more than ever , we should all come together around the team behind ‘Funny Boy’ to help them reach the highest point The Oscars are an exceptional showcase of the incredible work of our industry, and Telefilm is thrilled to be partnering with these talented filmmakers. as we progress »

Mehta said: “It was Brecht who said: ‘Art is not a mirror held to reality but a hammer to shape it’ We live in a world with borders, with divisions and differences But now more than ever we need each other, we need love, compassion and solidarity « Funny Boy » for me talks about humanity and hope It’s about waving a flag inclusion, in a world stuck in an abyss of the great divide David Hamilton and I thank the jurors from across Canada who saw fit to support our film « Funny Boy »

« Funny Boy » will be available to stream on demand in Canada via the on-demand service of the CBC public broadcaster CBC Gem, following its CBC airing on December 4 The film will premiere on Netflix outside of Canada. Canada in December ten

To date, 23 countries have submitted their nominations for Best International Feature Film, including the Côte d’Ivoire-Senegal-France-Canada co-production « La nuit des Rois » by Philippe Lacôte, presented by la Côté d ‘ Ivory 93 countries vied for the shortlist last year

In Oscar history, eight Canadian films have been officially nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, most recently in 2013 with Kim Nguyen’s « Rebel » « 

Other nominees include “Monsieur Lazhar” (2012) by Philippe Falardeau and “In Darkness” by Agniezska Holland, which was a minority co-production with Poland and Germany; “Incendies” (2011) by Denis Villeneuve; and « Water » (2007) by Mehta The list also includes three films by Denys Arcand: « The Decline of the American Empire » (1987), « Jesus of Montreal » (1990) and « Les Invasions barbares » (2003), which is the only Canadian film to have won the Oscar in this category

A list of 10 films for the international feature film category will be unveiled on February 9, and the five official nominees will be announced on March 15 The 93rd Academy Awards will take place on April 25

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