CEE Countries Oscar Bids 2017

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    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 Drljević
    Produced by Deblokada Sarajevo
    Coproduced by Iridium Film, Menderley Films, Produkcija Živa, Cineplanet

    Glory (Bulgaria, Greece)
    Directed by Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva
    Produced by Abraxas
    Coproduced by Graal Film
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Greek Film Centre, the Bulgarian National Television

    Quit Staring at My Plate / Ne gledaj mi u pijat (Croatia, Denmark)
    Directed by Hana Jušić
    Produced by Kinorama
    Coproduction by the Croatian Television, Beofilm
    Supported 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 Sláma
    Produced by Negativ
    Coproduced by Artileria, Why Not Productions, the Czech Television, Barrandov Studio, Radio and Television of Slovakia, i/o post
    Supported by the State Cinematography Fund Czech Republic, Creative Europe-MEDIA Programme, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and Eurimages

    November (Estonia, Poland, Netherlands)
    Directed by Rainer Sarnet
    Produced by Homeless Bob Productions
    Coproduced by Opus Film, PRPL

    Scary Mother (Georgia, Estonia)
    Directed by Ana Urushadze
    Produced by Studio Artizm
    Coproduced by Allfilm
    Produced by the Georgian National Film Center

    On Body and Soul
    Directed by Ildiko Enyedi

    Chronicles of Melanie (Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland)
    Directed by Viesturs Kairišs
    Produced by Mistrus Media
    Coproduced by 8Heads Production, Inland Film Company

    Frost / Šerkšnas (Lithuania, Ukraine, France, Poland)
    Directed by Sarunas Bartas
    Produced by Studija Kinema
    Coproduced by KinoElektron, Insight Media/Tato Film, Donten & Lacroix Films, KNM and Reborn Production
    Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre

    Spoor / Pokot (Poland, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia)
    Directed by Agnieszka Holland
    Co-directed by Kasia Adamik
    Produced by TOR Film Production
    Coproduced by Heimatfilm GmbH, Chimney Group, Nutprodukce , nutprodukcia
    Supported 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

    Fixer / Fixeur (Romania, France)
    Directed by Adrian Sitaru
    Produced by 4Proof Film
    Coproduced by Petit Film
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre, Creative Europe, Operational Programme Basse-Normandie, Heineken Romania, Orange Romania, BRD Groupe Société Générale, ALTEX

    The Line / Čiara (Slovakia, Ukraine)
    Directed by Peter Bebjak
    Produced by Wandal Production
    Coproduced by Garnet International Media Group, RTVSHomeMedia Production and Martin Kohút
    Supported 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

    The Miner / Rudar (Slovenia, Croatia, Germany)
    Directed by Hanna Slak
    Produced by Nukleus Film
    Coproduction by VOLTE
    Supported by the Slovenian Film Center and Viba film

    Requiem for Mrs J / Rekvijem za gospodju J. (Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, France)
    Directed by Bojan Vuletić
    Produced by SEE Film Pro, Geopoly Film, Skopje Film Studio
    Supported by Film Center Serbia, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Macedonian Film Fund and Eurimages