Academia veta Listen as Portuguese Oscar nominee – Life


The American Academy of Cinema responsible for the awarding of the Oscars vetoed the Portuguese candidate for the category of Best International Film, the film Listen, by Ana Rocha de Sousa. The reason for this veto was the fact that the film has more than half of the dialogues in English, one of the parameters that must be respected for the film to be considered as “international”. According to the newspaper Observer, the American Academy sent a note informing the “Portuguese Cinema Academy that, after analyzing the film Listen by Ana Rocha de Sousa, the International Feature Film Executive Committee considered the candidature ineligible and requests that a new candidate be sent as soon as possible “.

Also according to that digital newspaper, “a lightning vote was opened at 00:00 on December 18 [sexta-feira] which will end at 11:59 pm on Sunday, the 20th, during which members of the Academy will vote for Portugal’s new Oscar 2021 candidate. The films that can be chosen are the remaining three pre-selected nominees who accompanied Listen: Mosquito, by João Nuno Pinto; Patrick, by Gonçalo Waddington and Vitalina Varelaby Pedro Costa.

The choice of Listen she had previously been questioned precisely for not meeting the criteria for language. So, in statements to Lusa, Paulo Trancoso explained that it is possible to choose another candidate. “Hopefully there will be no obstacles, only a specific committee will analyze the films. But we couldn’t force the film to be a candidate. The film has English language, Portuguese language, sign language, the language context is adequate, it is a easily identifiable story about a Portuguese community “, said the president of the Portuguese Cinema Academy.

When choosing the film by Ana Rocha de Sousa, the president of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema, Paulo Trancoso, recalled that the film won several awards in Venice, “one of the most important film festivals in the world”, and “quickly became the film most viewed Portuguese of the year, despite the critical moment “the country is going through, because of the covid-19.

Listen is the first fictional feature film by Ana Rocha de Sousa, a family drama inspired by a true story, about a Portuguese family emigrated to London, whose custody of the children is removed, on suspicion of mistreatment. The narrative follows the family’s efforts to prove to British social and judicial services that the suspicions are unfounded.

With Luso-British co-production, the film was shot in the vicinity of London with Portuguese and English cast, headed by Lúcia Moniz, Ruben Garcia and Sophia Myles.

The film won six awards at the Venice Film Festival, including the “Lion of the Future”, for a first work, and the special jury award from the Horizons competition.

Listen it premiered in Portuguese cinemas on October 21, having since added about 29,300 spectators.

The 93rd edition of the Oscars, North American cinema awards, is scheduled for April 25, 2021, in Los Angeles, in the United States. Oscar nominations will be announced in March.

The ceremony was initially scheduled for late February, but was postponed to April, in a context of the covid-19 pandemic that affected the film industry worldwide and in virtually all areas, from production to distribution and exhibition.

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