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Serbia to Choose 2017 Oscars Candidate

A film exploring the human consequences of Serbia’s wartime past is among five movies under consideration to be the country’s candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the Oscars.

Ivana Nikolic
The crew of 'A Good Wife' in Belgrade. Photo courtesy of FEST.

Serbia’s Academy of Film Art and Science and its jury should make a final decision at the beginning of September about which film will represent the country at the Oscars next year, it has been announced.

Among those in contention is ‘A Good Wife’ (‘Dobra Zena’), a feature film about a woman who accidentally discovers that her husband has a criminal wartime past, is also among the five. It is directed by the Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic, who also co-wrote the screenplay and played the main role.

Karanovic explained she wanted to explore a difficult story that relates not only to Serbian society, but to the whole of the former Yugoslavia.

“On the one hand, there is loyalty towards the family and one’s surroundings and on the other hand, there is the ethical imperative,” she said.

Also in contention is Nikola Ljuca’s debut feature film ‘Humidity’- ‘Vlaznost’ in Serbian - a mystery drama about the disappearance of a young, successful businessman’s wife who then tries to hide the fact that she is missing from their friends and family.

‘Humidity’ won four prizes at this year’s 44th International Film Festival in Belgrade (FEST) - Best Film, Best Direction, Best Actor and Best Director.

Before FEST, ‘Humidity’ debuted in February at the 66th Annual Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale, one of the world’s most prestigious film events.

In an interview with BIRN’s bi-weekly newspaper Belgrade Insight in April, Ljuca said that film-makers in Serbia are hindered by financial hardship and a lack of systematic support.

“In Serbia there is not so much money and with the budget you do have it is not possible to make anything else apart from low-budget films,” Ljuca said.

The other three films are Milos Radovic’s ‘Train Driver’s Diary’ (‘Dnevnik masinovodje’), Jug Radivojevic’s ‘Darkness’ (‘Igra u tami’), and Ivan Jovic’s ‘The Healing’ (‘Isceljenje’).

Since the collapse of Yugoslavia, no Serbian film has won an Oscar.

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is to take place on February 26 next year at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Centre in Los Angeles. 


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