02/10/2014

Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel reveal their choices for the 2015 Oscars

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 22, 2015

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Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel reveal their choices for the 2015 Oscars

The shortlist of films that will battle it out to win Best Foreign Film at the Oscars next year has been revealed. We look at the films put forward by the Moroccan, Lebanese, Egyptian, Palestinian and Israeli selection committees.

Moroccan film The Red Moon, by Hassan Benjelloun, was shortlisted for the Oscars by the Moroccan selection committee, presided over by cinema owner Hassan Belkady, according to Medias 24. The Red Moon is the biopic of blind musician and Moroccan icon Abdeslam Amer. 

Lebanon will be represented by Amine Dourra's feature film Ghadi. Produced by Gabriel Chamoun, it was written by Georges Kabbaz, who also plays the lead role, reports Iloubnan. The film, about a child with Down syndrome who turns the life of a village upside down, enjoyed considerable success at the Lebanese box office at the end of 2013.

A committee made up of members of the Egyptian Cinema Syndicate chose Factory Girl by Mohamed Khan to represent Egypt, according to Ahram Online. The film, which tells the story of Hiyam, a young Egyptian middle-class girl working in a clothing factory, has just won the award for Best Actress at the Malmo Arab Film Festival.

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz will represent Israel. It hit Israeli cinemas in mid-September, and has already made an impression at film festivals, notably Cannes, Toronto and Chicago. Gett tells the story of an Israeli woman, Vivianne Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) trying to divorce her husband, a cruel and manipulative man.

Finally, Najwa Najjar’s second feature film, Eyes of a Thief, was selected to represent Palestine at the competition, according to Hollywood ReporterEyes of a Thief, which recently enjoyed its world premiere in Ramallah, is a psychological drama, which takes place on the West Bank and opens at the peak of the Palestinian revolt of 2002, before leaping forward to the present day.

Out of all the films in the running from all over the world, the Academy will select nine to compete for the golden statuette. The films that have been nominated will be revealed on January 15, 2015. The 87th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 22, 2015.

Translation: Phoebe Murray

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