Lijo Jose Pellissery’s ‘Jallikattu’, selected as India’s official entry for Oscar 2021 in the category of Best International Feature Film, is no longer part of the race. The academy announced the shortlist for nine categories, including ‘International Feature Film’; However, ‘Jallikattu’ could not make it to the list. The Malayalam action drama, which received critical acclaim, became the official Indian entry for films such as ‘Chhapak’, ‘The Sky Is Pink’, ‘Shakuntala Devi’ and ‘Serious Men’.RD Academic Award.
A total of 15 films have advanced to the next round in the category of ‘International Feature Film’. Interestingly, films from 93 different countries were eligible for this special category.
Here is a list of 15 films that are still in the race to win the Oscar for Best International Feature Film.
- Q Vadis, Idea?
- Mole agent
- another round
- both of us
- La llorona
- Better day
- Children of the sun
- Kings night
- I’m no longer here
- have hope
- the collective
- Dear friends
- a sun
- The man who sold his skin
Although ‘Jallikattu’ is out of the Oscar race, Guneet Moga and Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Bittu’ makes it a shortlist for a live action short film. According to the official website of the academy, one hundred seventy-four films qualify in the special category. Only ten films, including U Bittu, films Feeling Through and The Human Voice, have progressed to the next round. The short film is now competing for a place in the final nomination list.
“Very exciting news, but the V ladies I know are working on it! I’m in August Company! Team #BITTU the way to go,” Ekta Kapoor wrote while sharing the good news on Instagram.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife Tahira Kashyap, who presented ‘Bittu’ under the Indian Women’s Rising initiative, expressed her excitement on social media. She ‘can’t contain her excitement’ and shared a boomerang video on her official Instagram handle.
Bittu, which is based on a true story, focuses on the friendship between two school friends. Watch the trailer of the short film here!
The Oscar 2021 nomination list will be announced on 15 March. The award ceremony will be held on 25 April.