A committee comprised of film industry professionals has voted unanimously to nominate László Nemes’s Cannes success film “Son of Saul” to represent Hungary in the category of best foreign-language film, the Hungarian National Film Fund disclosed on Thursday.
The seven-member committee – which included director Krisztina Deák and cameraman Tibor Máthé in addition the five members of the Film Fund’s professional decision-making committee – voted to nominate the Holocaust drama without dissent. László Nemes’s début film has previously won four prizes at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, including the Grand Prize,the FIPRESCI Prize awarded by the international federation of film critics, the François Chalois Prize and the Vulcain award for the best sound production.
Representatives of the American Movie Academy will select the five feature films from countries’ official nominations which will compete for the Oscar Prize for the best foreign-language movie. Hungary was qualified to nominate a Hungarian-language feature film which appeared in cinema distribution between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2015. The list of nominees will be published on 14 January 2016 and the awards ceremony will be held in the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, on 28 February next year.
Son of Saul has been purchased by film distributors from over fifty countries, including the leading US distributor Sony Pictures Classics.
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