Ukraine's Oscar Contender: Ukraine selects its candidate for foreign-language Oscar

16:16 Sep. 9, 2016

Ukraine selects its candidate for foreign-language Oscar

An Oscar Statuette at the 88th Academy Awards backstage (AP photo)

Ukraine is back in the battle for an Oscar after US Academy approved country's new Oscar Committee

‘Ukrainian Sheriffs', a documentary directed by Roman Bondarchuck, was selected as the Ukrainian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

The film was selected by Ukraine's new Oscar committee, which was approved by The U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last month.

The Oscar committee has been reformed after a scandal over the country's Oscar selection process back in 2014. The scandal resulted in Ukraine's missing the submission deadline for the 2016 Academy Awards.

"The films submitted for consideration of Oscar committee were different , but all of them demonstrate the development of Ukrainian film industry, both technically and aesthetically. Each of them was worthy of representing Ukraine in the fight for Oscar, so it was obviously not easy to make the choice," said Philip Illienko, the head of national filmmakers' union.

The world premiere of ‘Ukrainian Sheriffs' took place in November 2015, when the film was presented at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and awarded Special Jury Prize.

Since then, ‘Ukrainian Sheriffs' was demonstrated at dozens of international film festivals. Recently it won the Grand Prix of Docs against Gravity film festival in Poland.

Ukrainians were able to watch the documentary as part of DOCUDAYS UA film festival.

Ukraine has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1997. The winner will be announced at the Oscar ceremony on 26 February 2017 in Los Angeles.

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