Earlier today Italy’s National Association of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Industries (ANICA) announced a shortlist of nine films that are being considered to become the country’s official Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. A selection committee made of industry professional including directors, journalist, and even composers, will meet on Monday September 28th to make their final decision.
Here are the 9 shortlisted films:
“Anna” (Per amor vostro)
“Blood of My Blood” (Sangue del mio sangue)
“Don’t Be Bad” (Non essere cattivo)
“Leopardi” (Il giovane favoloso)
“My Mother” (Mia Madre)
“The Wait” (L’attesa)
“You Can’t Save Yourself Alone” (Nessuno si salva da solo)
The shortlisted films include the apparent frontrunner, “My Mother,” which premiered at Cannes, and well as several titles that just premiered at the Venice Film Festival: “Blood of My Blood” by revered auteur Marco Bellocchio; “Anna,” which won the Best Actress award; “The Wait,” starring Juliette Binoche, and “Don’d Be Bad.” The list also features older festival favorites like “Sworn Virgin,” set in Albani, and biopic “Leopardi.” While Moretti seems like a safe bet, this is such a strong group of titles, there is still room for an unexpected surprise.
Italy has the distinction of being the country with the most awards in the category, the country’s most recent win came in 2014 with Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty.”