25 Italian films running for the Oscars
25 Italian films are in the run for being appointed as the Italian candidate for the International Feature Film Award category at the 93rd Academy Awards. Due to the pandemic that affected the film industry worldwide, the Academy Awards set new rules for eligibility, including also those films whose theatrical release was planned but that, following the closing of theatres, have been released straight to VOD. Candidates are film (expected to be) distributed in Italy between October 1st 2019 and December 31st 2020. The eligibility window has been broadened by the Academy from the traditional 12-month period to the current 15 months. The committee appointed by ANICA will meet to choose the official candidate on November 24th. The official announcement of all Oscar nominations is scheduled on March 15th 2021 and the ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on April 25th, 2021.
The candidates are: 18 Presents by Francesco Amato, Aspromonte Land of the Forgotten by Mimmo Calopresti, Bar Giuseppe by Giulio Base, The Fortune Goddess by Ferzan Ozpetek, Il delitto Mattarella by Aurelio Grimaldi, Bad Tales by Damiano e Fabio D’innocenzo, L’incredibile storia dell’isola delle rose by Sydney Sibilia, Citizens of the World by Gianni by Gregorio, Thou Shalt Not Hate by Mauro Mancini, Notturno by Gianfranco Rosi, Padrenostro by Claudio Noce, Alone with Her Dreams by Paolo Licata, Pinocchio by Matteo Garrone, The Predators by Pietro Castellitto, The Macaluso Sisters by Emma Dante, Una promessa by Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio, Out of His League by Alice Filippi, The Shift by Alessandro Tonda, Feel Your Memories by Cristina Comencini, Trash by Francesco Dafano and Luca Della Grotta, Volare by Gabriele Salvatores, Into the Labyrinth by Donato Carrisi, La verità su La dolce vita by Giuseppe Pedersoli, The Life Ahead by Edoardo Ponti, Hidden Away by Giorgio Diritti.
The Hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino made it to the Oscar shortlist for Best International Film. The list includes 15 titles.
Sorrentino states: “I am glad to represent Italy at the Oscars. I warmly thank the Committee for choosing my film among so many beautiful works."
18 Italian films are in the run to represent Italy in the category International Feature Film Award at the 94th Academy Awards.
Italy is in the Oscar run with Pinocchio by Matteo Garrone, which landed two nominations, and with The Life Ahead by Edoardo Ponti, nominated for Best Song.