Film “Vitalina Varela” by Pedro Costa was excluded from the Oscars

The film “Vitalina Varela”, by Pedro Costa, was left out of the 15 finalists for an Oscar nomination for Best International Film, the Hollywood Academy in the United States revealed this Tuesday.

Pedro Costa’s feature film had been considered eligible last January, when the American academy revealed the 93 films nominated for an Oscar nomination for Best International Film.

However, “Vitalina Varela” did not reach the list of 15 finalist films announced today, and that the academy committee voted, with a view to the nominations of the 93rd edition of the Oscars, to be announced on March 15th.

According to the Oscars organization, the films “Another Round” (Denmark), “Quo Vadis, Aida?” (Bosnia Herzegovina), “La llorona” (Guatemala), “El Agente topo” (Chile), “Charlatan” (Czech Republic), “Deux” (France), “Better days” (Hong Kong), “Sun children” (Iran), “Night of the kings” (Ivory Coast), “Ya no estoy aqui” (Mexico), “Hope” (Norway), “Collective” (Romania), “Dear comrades!” (Russia), “A Sun” (Taiwan) and “The man who sold his skin” (Tunisia).

The academy also announced lists of finalists from eight other categories at the Oscars, including Best Documentary in feature and short films, Best Animated Film and Best Soundtrack.

Despite annually submitting a work nominated for an Oscar, Portugal has never had any film among those nominated for the award for best foreign film, in non-English language, recently renamed Best International Film.

“Vitalina Varela” had a world premiere in August 2019, at the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland), where she won the main awards: Golden Leopard and Leopard for Best Female Performance for Vitalina Varela, the woman who inspired the story filmed by Pedro Coast.

Since Locarno, the film has won more than 22 awards, the majority for best film and best performance, has integrated over 50 international film festivals and exhibitions and gathers praiseworthy reviews, having been included in the lists of best films of the year (2020) by various media specialized.

The Brazilian documentary “Babenco – Someone must listen to the heart and say: stopped”, by Bárbara Paz, about the Argentine filmmaker living in Brazil, who directed “O Beijo da Mulher Aranha”, was also left out of the list of candidates.

Also left out was the Palestinian candidate, “Gaza, mon amour”, by the brothers Tarzan Nasser and Arab Nasser, who had Portuguese co-production.

Nominees for the 93rd Oscars will be announced on March 15th and the ceremony will take place on April 25th.

The ceremony was initially scheduled for February 28, but was eventually postponed to April because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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