October 8, 2013 - 13:57 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova’s “Paradjanov”, Ukraine’s candidate for the foreign language Oscar is among 76 movies on the Academy Award long-list, comments.ua said.
The long list, which has a record number of movies up for Oscars glory, was initially expected to be announced last Friday, but was held up as Academy bigwigs checked that all of them meet the eligibility criteria.
The film, co-produced with Ukraine, France, Georgia and Armenia, stars Avedikian as a brilliant director Sergey Paradjanov, whose nonconformist behavior conflicts with Soviet System. Parajanov’s eccentricities land him in jail, where his indestructible love for beauty allows him to withstand the years of imprisonment, isolation and oblivion.
“Parajanov” was named the best feature film at Odessa Festival.
Accoridng to CBS News, some of the more noteworthy submissions this year include: "The Hunt" (Denmark), for which Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival as a man accused of child abuse; "Gloria" (Chile), starring Paulina Garcia as a middle-aged woman seeking romance (Garcia won acting honors at the Berlin International Film Festival); "Wadjda," about a young girl's wish for a bicycle, which is the first Saudi Arabian film directed by a woman; and "The Past," by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose last film, "A Separation," won the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.
Also: "The Grandmaster" (Hong Kong), Wong Kar-wai's tale of martial arts master Yip Man; "Omar," a tragic Palestinian love story set in the Occupied Territories; "Stalingrad," about the World War II battle (and the first Russian film in Imax 3-D); the Cambodian documentary "The Missing Picture," about surviving the Khmer Rouge; and "Heli," a violent Mexican drama about drug dealers and police corruption which won Amat Escalante the Best Director award at Cannes.