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With the 2021 Academy Awards scheduled to take place, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, February 10, unveiled the shortlists for the Oscar nominated films in nine categories.
According to Variety, voting on the shortlisted for the esteemed award closed on February 5, and the rest will continue to the first official phase of voting, which will take place from March 5-9. The Oscar nominations will be announced on March 15, and the Awards Gala will be held at its 93rd, on April 25.
The Tunisian film “The Man Who Sold His Back”, directed by Kawthar Ben Haneya, managed to grab its place among 15 films selected by the American Academy of Film Arts and Sciences to compete for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.
And the director announced on her official account on “Facebook”, in English: “Yes, we did it … we reached the shortlist for the Oscars 2021. Thank you to everyone who loved the man who sold his back.”
The film narrates the suffering of a Syrian immigrant since his departure from his country to Lebanon hoping to travel from there to Europe, where his girlfriend lives. This is due to his loss of freedom, personality and beliefs.
He stars in the Syrian film Yahya Mahaini, the French Dia Lien, the Belgian Quinn Di Bao and the Italian Monica Bellucci.
The film participated in many film festivals and won many regional and international prizes, including awards at the Venice Film Festival and the Mediterranean Film Festival in Bastia, France.
The Tunisian film competes in the shortlist with films from Iran, France, Romania, Norway, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, Ivory Coast, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, the Czech Republic and Bosnia.