Palestine submits ‘The Stranger’ to Oscar nominations – film – arts & culture

The Stranger is set in the Golan Heights where “a desperate and unlicensed doctor subverts the expectations of his village when he accidentally meets a wounded soldier from the war in Syria,” reads the film’s IMDb file.

Written and directed by Fakher Eldin, the film stars Ashraf Barhom, Mohammad Bakri, Amal Kais, Amer Hlehel.

The Stranger won the Edipo Re Award at the Venice Film Festival (2021) where he was also nominated for the Giornate degli Autori Award.

This is the first time that Fakher Eldin has seen his film submitted to the Oscars.

Since 2003, Palestine has submitted films on an almost annual basis. His first submission in 2003 was the divine intervention of Elia Suleiman. The same director, It Must Be Heaven, was Palestine’s submission in 2019.

Two Palestinian films were nominated for the award: Paradise Now in 2005 and Omar in 2013, both directed by Hany Abu-Assad. The Idol by the same director was submitted in 2016 but was not nominated.

Another Palestinian director who has submitted more than one work is Annemarie Jacir with the films Salt of this Sea (2008), When I Saw You (2012) and Wajib (2017).

For the 2021 Oscars, Palestine submitted Gaza Mon Amour directed by Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser, being their first work submitted to the Oscars. The film was not nominated.

This year, two other Arab countries have already submitted their films: Morocco with Casablanca Beats by Nabil Ayouch and Golden Butterfly by Abdelhamid Bouchnak. Other Arab countries have yet to unveil their submission before the deadline of November 1, 2021.

A shortlist of 15 finalists is expected to be announced on December 12, with the five finalists announced on February 8, 2022.

The 94th Academy Awards will take place in March 2022, the first time the event will take place in March (instead of February). The change is intended to avoid a time conflict with the Winter Olympics, the Academy said.

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