Waiting for the Oscar ceremony on April 25h, the Academy unveiled the shortlists for 9 categories, including Best Documentary and Best International Film. Gianfranco Rosi’s Notturno was eligible for both, but finally landed a nod only in the Best Documentary category. Another Italian filmmaker, Filippo Meneghetti, is still in the run for Best International Film with his Two of Us, representing France. Italy is also competing with The Life Ahead – shortlisted for Best Song and Best Score; Pinocchio – Best Make-Up and Hair; and documentary short What Would Sophia Loren Do?

Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, associate producer of Notturno, is overjoyed for the inclusion in the shortlist, which represents another source of price for a film that, through its pure gaze, explains what it means for the human being to live in a world without peace. Displaying the power of contemporary cinema, Notturno expresses at best the essence of Italian cinema: deeply realistic yet visionary, capable of recounting strong and human stories. Luce-Cinecittà is proud of Rosi’s film, its international journey, and joins the other producers in the celebrations – first all of Donatella Palermo’s Stemal and Rai Cinema – wishing this beautiful film to keep on travelling for a long time.

Producer Donatella Palermo states: “Notturno helped us Westerners understand the Middle East. Once we saw the film, the faces and words of those kids and women, these stay in the hearts of the viewers. It’s like if the protagonists of the film gave Gianfranco the mandate of spreading their story and suffering throughout the world. For this reason, and for all of them, today I am happy for this step forward. During these months, after the premiere in Venice, Notturno has been seen by many people. It appeared on newspapers and magazines all over the world, and received the passionate endorsement of big personalities.”