Here are the official candidates from the CEE countries for an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences 90th ‘Oscar’ nomination in the category Best Foreign Language Film. This year Macedonia decided not to send any film to the Oscars.
CEE minority coproductions were also selected as Oscar bids. Poland’s Madants is the coproducer of Gunnar Sigurdsson’s Under the Tree, Iceland's submission to the Oscars. The film was produced by Iceland’s Netop Films and was also coproduced by Denmark’s Profile and Germany’s One Two Films.
Estonian minority coproduction Dearest Sister directed by Mattie Do was selected as the first Laos' Oscar bid. The film is a coproduction between Lao Art Media, France’s Screen Division and Estonia’s Oree Films.
Loving Vincent, a fully painted animation feature about Van Gogh, directed by painter/director Dorota Kobiela, was submitted by Poland for an Academy Award nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. The film was produced by Breakthru Films and Trademark Films, and it was supported by the Polish Film Institute, CETA, Odra Film, Silver Reel, Cinema and Management Group, European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 and MEDIA.
The deadline for submissions in the Best Foreign Language Film category is 2 October 2017. The films shortlisted in the Best Foreign Language Film category will be announced at the end of 2017, while the nominations will be announced on 23 January 2018. The 90th Oscars will be held on 4 March 2018.
CEE countries' Oscars bids:
Bosnia and Herzegovina:Men Don’t Cry / Muškarci Ne Plaču (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Germany, Croatia, Serbia)Directed by Alen DrljevićProduced by Deblokada SarajevoCoproduced by Iridium Film, Menderley Films, Produkcija Živa, Cineplanet
Bulgaria:Glory (Bulgaria, Greece)Directed by Petar Valchanov and Kristina GrozevaProduced by AbraxasCoproduced by Graal FilmSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Greek Film Centre, the Bulgarian National Television
Croatia:Quit Staring at My Plate / Ne gledaj mi u pijat (Croatia, Denmark)Directed by Hana JušićProduced by KinoramaCoproduction by the Croatian Television, BeofilmSupported by the Croatian Audiovisual Center, the Danish Film Institute, Eurimages
Czech Republic:The Ice Mother / Bába z Ledu (Czech Republic, Slovakia, France)Directed by Bohdan SlámaProduced by Negativ Coproduced by Artileria, Why Not Productions, the Czech Television, Barrandov Studio, Radio and Television of Slovakia, i/o postSupported by the State Cinematography Fund Czech Republic, Creative Europe-MEDIA Programme, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and Eurimages
Estonia:November (Estonia, Poland, Netherlands)Directed by Rainer SarnetProduced by Homeless Bob ProductionsCoproduced by Opus Film, PRPL
Georgia:Scary Mother (Georgia, Estonia)Directed by Ana UrushadzeProduced by Studio ArtizmCoproduced by AllfilmProduced by the Georgian National Film Center
Hungary:On Body and SoulDirected by Ildiko Enyedi
Latvia:Chronicles of Melanie (Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland)Directed by Viesturs KairišsProduced by Mistrus MediaCoproduced by 8Heads Production, Inland Film Company
Lithuania:Frost / Šerkšnas (Lithuania, Ukraine, France, Poland)Directed by Sarunas BartasProduced by Studija KinemaCoproduced by KinoElektron, Insight Media/Tato Film, Donten & Lacroix Films, KNM and Reborn ProductionSupported by the Lithuanian Film Centre
Poland:Spoor / Pokot (Poland, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia)Directed by Agnieszka HollandCo-directed by Kasia AdamikProduced by TOR Film ProductionCoproduced by Heimatfilm GmbH, Chimney Group, Nutprodukce , nutprodukciaSupported by the Polish Film Institute, the Czech State Cinematography Fund, Eurimages, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Swedish Film Institute, the MEDIA Programme and the Polish-German Co-Development Fund
Romania:Fixer / Fixeur (Romania, France)Directed by Adrian SitaruProduced by 4Proof FilmCoproduced by Petit FilmSupported by the Romanian Film Centre, Creative Europe, Operational Programme Basse-Normandie, Heineken Romania, Orange Romania, BRD Groupe Société Générale, ALTEX
Slovakia:The Line / Čiara (Slovakia, Ukraine)Directed by Peter BebjakProduced by Wandal ProductionCoproduced by Garnet International Media Group, RTVS, HomeMedia Production and Martin KohútSupported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Creative Europe, the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and Bratislava Self-Governing Region
Slovenia:The Miner / Rudar (Slovenia, Croatia, Germany)Directed by Hanna SlakProduced by Nukleus FilmCoproduction by VOLTESupported by the Slovenian Film Center and Viba film
Serbia:Requiem for Mrs J / Rekvijem za gospodju J. (Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, France)Directed by Bojan VuletićProduced by SEE Film Pro, Geopoly Film, Skopje Film StudioSupported by Film Center Serbia, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Macedonian Film Fund and Eurimages