The American Film Academy announced today that Hungarian Film On Body and Soul has officially been nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar.
Ildikó Enyedi’s Golden Bear-winning film is now one of five films up for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The good news comes on the heels of Hungarian actress Alexandra Borbély’s ‘Best European Actress’, win at the European Film Awards, a distinction she received for her role in Enyedi’s film.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) 2018. január 23.
In addition to being one of the five movies in the running for the Foreign Language Oscar, On Body and Soul also holds the distinction of being
the only Foreign Language Oscar nominee directed by a woman.
You can view a video of the cast and crew of On Body and Soul hearing news of their nomination below:
The other films under consideration are A Fantastic Woman from Chile, directed by Sebastian Lelio; The Insult, by Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri; Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless; and Swedish film The Square, by Ruben Östlund.
If On Body and Soul wins, this will be the third year in a row that a Hungarian film will have received an Oscar. Last year, Kristóf Deák’s Sing won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, while in 2016 the Holocaust drama Son of Saul, directed by László Nemes, took home that year’s Foreign Language Oscar.
On Body and Soul tells the story of two people working at a slaughterhouse in Budapest who discover that they have the same dreams at night and they attempt to make them come true. The film won the Grand Prix of the Berlinale last year, as well as the top prize at the Sydney Film Festival. Rights for the film were acquired in 91 countries. In the US, Netflix will screen it from February 2018.
Click below to read Melinda Sukosd’s full review of “On Body and Soul” on Hungary Today:
Via the American Film Academy
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