Dec 20 2014

Never Die Young not shortlisted

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SOURCE: www.wort.lu

(CS) Luxembourg will not be able to deliver a repeat performance of its surprise 2014 Oscar win, after the country’s only submission did not make it on to the Best Foreign Language Film shortlist.

The Grand Duchy had submitted Pol Cruchten’s experimental documentary feature Never Die Young to the prestigous film prize, after it won the Luxembourg Film Prize as best documentary feature.

Caught somewhere between fact and fiction, the film is a dramatised account of the life of Guido Peters, Cruchten’s cousin and a drug addict. The film shows how Peters is destroyed by the drug, which takes on the shape of a character in its own right.

However, the unusual picture failed to convince an Academy Awards jury in charge of whittling down the list of 83 films under consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film award.

Still in the running are:

Argentina, “Wild Tales” by Damián Szifrón, director;Estonia, “Tangerines” by Zaza Urushadze, director;Georgia, “Corn Island” by George Ovashvili, director;Mauritania, “Timbuktu” by Abderrahmane Sissako, director;Netherlands, “Accused” by Paula van der Oest, director;Poland, “Ida” by Paweł Pawlikowski, director;Russia, “Leviathan” by Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;Sweden, “Force Majeure” by Ruben Östlund, director;Venezuela, “The Liberator” by Alberto Arvelo, director.

In January a second round of viewings and votings will determine the five movies to be nominated in the category. Nominees will be announced on January 15, with the Oscars to be held on Sunday, February 22.

Luxembourg in 2014 bagged its first Oscar trophy for animated short film Mr Hublot, directed by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares.

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SOURCE: www.wort.lu

(CS) Luxembourg will not be able to deliver a repeat performance of its surprise 2014 Oscar win, after the country’s only submission did not make it on to the Best Foreign Language Film shortlist.

The Grand Duchy had submitted Pol Cruchten’s experimental documentary feature Never Die Young to the prestigous film prize, after it won the Luxembourg Film Prize as best documentary feature.

Caught somewhere between fact and fiction, the film is a dramatised account of the life of Guido Peters, Cruchten’s cousin and a drug addict. The film shows how Peters is destroyed by the drug, which takes on the shape of a character in its own right.

However, the unusual picture failed to convince an Academy Awards jury in charge of whittling down the list of 83 films under consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film award.

Still in the running are:

Argentina, “Wild Tales” by Damián Szifrón, director;Estonia, “Tangerines” by Zaza Urushadze, director;Georgia, “Corn Island” by George Ovashvili, director;Mauritania, “Timbuktu” by Abderrahmane Sissako, director;Netherlands, “Accused” by Paula van der Oest, director;Poland, “Ida” by Paweł Pawlikowski, director;Russia, “Leviathan” by Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;Sweden, “Force Majeure” by Ruben Östlund, director;Venezuela, “The Liberator” by Alberto Arvelo, director.

In January a second round of viewings and votings will determine the five movies to be nominated in the category. Nominees will be announced on January 15, with the Oscars to be held on Sunday, February 22.

Luxembourg in 2014 bagged its first Oscar trophy for animated short film Mr Hublot, directed by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares.

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