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Hungary’s Oscar Nominee Makes Shortlist in International Feature Film Category

Fanni Kaszás 2019.12.17.

Yesterday, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the shortlists in consideration for the 92nd Academy Awards in nine categories. Hungarian post-Holocaust drama ‘Those Who Remained’ has been included in the International Feature Film category (formerly known as Foreign Language Film) among ten other films that will advance to the voting process for the Oscars.

From a list of 91 films which were eligible in the category of International Feature Film, 10 were selected to advance to the next round of voting for the 92nd Academy Awards. The Hungarian film submitted to the Oscar, ‘Those Who Remained,’ made it to the best 10. The five nominees in each category will be announced on January 13th and the winners on February 9, 2020.

The post-Holocaust film directed by Barnabás Tóth, starring Abigél Szőke and Károly Hajduk, is a lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of national conflict, loss, and trauma. ‘Those Who Remained’ reveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary, as summarized on IMDB (Internet Movie Database).

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According to the Oscars website, Academy members from all branches were invited to participate in the preliminary round. They must have viewed the submitted films theatrically and met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.  Their seven choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

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Hungary’s two-year Oscar streak ended in 2018 when Ildikó Enyedi’s ‘On Body and Soul‘ didn’t take home an award and the Hungarian films close to snagging an Academy Award nomination in 2019 (‘Ruben Brandt,’ ‘The Collector’ and ‘Sunset’) were unable to reach the final round. In 2016, László Nemes’ ‘Son of Saul’ won the award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. In 2017, Sing took home the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. However, last year Chinese-American-Hungarian documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and her husband, climber and filmmaker Jimmy Chin, took home the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Free Solo.

Featured photo illustration via Those Who Remained’s Facebook page