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A LAND IMAGINED, HISTORY OF LOVE & TEL AVIV ON FIRE to represent their countries at the Oscar 2020!

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A LAND IMAGINED, HISTORY OF LOVE & TEL AVIV ON FIRE to represent their countries at the Oscar 2020!

October 3, 2019

Once again, several TFL Films have been submitted by their respective countries of origin in the race for the upcoming Academy Award for Best International Feature (former Best Foreign Language Film): this year, the submissions come from Singapore, Slovenia and Luxembourg with three bold sophomore films by promising filmmakers.

The Singaporean candidate is no less that Yeo Siew Hua’s A LAND IMAGINED (SG/FR/NL), winner of the prestigious Golden Leopard for Best Film at Locarno Film Festival 2018. The film, who just received four nominations for the upcoming Golden Horse Awards, was supported by TorinoFilmLab through the TFL Audience Design Fund 2018 (€ 40.000), created thanks to the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union. A LAND IMAGINED is produced by Akanga Film Asia (Singapore), in co-production with mm2 Entertainment (Singapore), Films de Force Majeure (France) and Volya Films (Netherlands).

HISTORY OF LOVE by Sonja Prosenc (SI/IT/NO) has been chosen to represent Slovenia. This coming-of-age story is a production of Monoo (Slovenia), Nefertiti Film (Italy) and Incitus (Norway), and was developed within ScriptLab 2009. The film had its world premiere in Competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018, where it received the Special Mention Grand Jury Award.

Last but not least, Sameh Zoabi’s comedy TEL AVIV ON FIRE (LU/FR/IL/BE) will be the Luxembourger candidate. Supported, just like A LAND IMAGINED, through the TFL Audience Design Fund (€ 40.000), the film premiered in Orizzonti at the Venice Film Festival 2018, where it won Best Actor and the Interfilm Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue. The film is produced by Samsa Film (Luxembourg) and TS Productions (France), in co-production with Lama Films (Israel), Artémis Productions (Belgium), BE TV (Belgium) and Shelter Prod. (Belgium).

We are also happy to share the presence of two TFL Alumni among the list of 87 submitted films: Marko Škop, representing Slovakia with LET THERE BE LIGHT, as well as Barnabás Tóth with his debut feature THOSE WHO REMAINED, selected by Hungary.

The Academy will announce the shortlisted projects in December 2019, out of which five will access to the final nominations, to be announced in January 2020. The 92nd Academy Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 9th, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

Discover here the full list of submissions.