Kills on Wheels, a meaningful Hungarian action-comedy created by director Attila Till, has not been selected as one of the best nine candidates for next year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Hungarian film, which had its international premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July, was presented at the end of August in Hungary and since then more than 30.000 people have watched it in cinemas. The plot is structured around a bizarre story of two young disabled Hungarians who strike up an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous killer who is paralyzed from the waist down before embarking on a series of hits for a Balkans crime boss. The two young handicapped friends start to work with the crippled hitman and they become part of the mafia too. The movie was sponsored by the Hungarian National Film Found and it was made in the production of Lakoon Filmgroup (the Son of Saul’s manufacturer too) under the leadership of Judit Stalter.
According to the regulation of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences every country can nominate a film released between the 1st of October 2015 and 30th of September 2016. Originally eighty-five films had been considered in the category but only nine has advanced to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards: “Tanna” (by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, Australia); “It’s Only the End of the World” (by Xavier Dolan, Canada); “Land of Mine” (by Martin Zandvliet, Denmark); Germany, “Toni Erdmann” (by Maren Ade, Germany); “The Salesman” (by Asghar Farhadi, Iran); “The King’s Choice” (by Erik Poppe, Norway); “Paradise” (by Andrei Konchalovsky, Russia); “A Man Called Ove” (by Hannes Holm, Sweden); “My Life as a Zucchini” (by Claude Barras, Switzerland).
The shortlist will be winnowed down to the category’s five nominees on 24th of January 2017. In 2016, ‘Son of Saul,” a Hungarian Holocaust drama from director László Nemes Jeles sensationally won the Academy Award for best foreign language film.