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Submissions of Balkan Countries for the 86th Academy Awards
26 September 2013
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Oscars, the awards of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will be given for the 86th time in 2014. The nominations will be announced on January 16th and the presentation of the Awards will be on Sunday, March 2.

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Film was created in 1956 and is been given every year since then. Between 1947 and 1955, the Academy presented Special/Honorary Awards to the best foreign language films released in the United States. The submissions from the Balkan countries that will compete for a place in the final five nominations are completed and we meet some of the best and most awarded films of the last year.

Romania`s submission is Calin Peter Netzer`s Child Pose, the winner of Berlinale`s Golden Bear. The film is about a 60-year-old woman who puts all her skills, contacts and money into preventing her son, involved in a tragic accident, from going to prison. 

Class Enemy by Rok Bicek is Slovenia`s submission. The film was nominated for The Lion Of Future in Venice Film Festival where it won the Fedeora Award and also won seven Vesna Awards including Best film at Slovenian Films Festival at Portorose.

Child`s Pose

The multi awarded Circles by Srdan Golubovic is Serbia`s submission. The film won among many others the Special Prize at Sundance Film Festival and the Award of the Ecumenical Jury in Berlin.

Greece is sending the big winner of the Hellenic Film Academy awards, the film Boy Eating The Bird`s Food. The film is Ektoras Lygizos` first feature film and tells the story of a young man trying to live with dignity in today`s Athens.

The Color of the Chameleon, the first film of cinematographer Emil Christov, is Bulgaria`s submission. The film has participated in many festivals, including Karlovy Vary, Sofia Film Festival and Thessaloniki Film Festival.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is sending An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker by Danis Tanovic. The film won the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival and Danis Tanovic is an Academy Award winner for the film No Man`s Land.

Croatia`s submission is Halima`s Path by Arsen Anton Ostojic, a film that tells the tragic but inspiring story of a good-natured Muslim woman who tries, without success, to identify the remains of her son who was killed in the Bosnian War and buried in one of the many mass graves. 

Halima`s Path

Montenegro`s submission, the first ever,  is Drasko Djurovic`s Bad Destiny, a film set in the nineties about to brothers trying to escape in Italy.

The Dream of a Butterfly by Yilmaz Erdogan is Turkey`s submission. The film is based on a true story and portrays the relationship of two young poets during World War II, their deep frienship, their love for literature and poetry and all the difficulties they have to face in a changing world.

Agon, a film by Robert Budina, is the Albanian submission, a co-production with Greece and France. 

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia decided not to submit any film for this year`s Academy Awards with the explanation that they would not appeal to the Academy. The two films that were eligible for Oscars - Aleksandar Popovski΄s Balkan Is Not Dead and Igor Ivanov΄s Piano Room

The Academy informed the film center of Kosovo that their submission would not be eligible because the country is not a member of the UN. 

  No Man`s Land
  Balkan Is Not Dead
  Boy Eating the Bird`s Food
  Halima`s Path
  The Color of the Chameleon
  Child`s Pose
  An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker
  The Dream of a Butterfly
  Class Enemy
  Bad Destiny / The Ace Of Spades
  The Piano Room
  Emil Christov
  Srdan Golubovic
  Ektoras Lygizos
  Yilmaz Erdogan
  Robert Budina
  Danis Tanovic
  Aleksandar Popovski
  Arsen Anton Ostojic
  Calin Peter Netzer
  Rok Bicek
  Drasko Djurovic
  Igor Ivanov Izi
  Era Film-Albania
  Balkan Oscar® Selection for 85th Academy Awards in 2013
  Oscars Facebook Page
  Oscars Official Site
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