Pebbles, India’s official entry in the international feature film category at the following year’s Academy Awards, dropped out of the Oscar race. On the other hand, Indian documentary feature “Writing with Fire” has entered the next round, according to the list announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences early Wednesday. The critically acclaimed “Pebbles” or “Koozhangal” in Tamil is directed by Vinothraj PS who marks his directorial debut. It is the story of an alcoholic and abusive husband who, after his long-suffering wife leaves, sets out with his son to find her and bring her back.
15 films are currently in the running for the top prize in the international feature film category. Movies from 92 countries were eligible in this category. Japanese film “Drive My Car”, “Flea” from Denmark, “A Hero” by Asghar Farhadi from Iran and “The Hand of God” from Italy are leading the category. “Great Freedom” (Austria), “Playground” (Belgium), “I’m Your Man” (Germany), “Hive” (Kosovo), “Prayers for the Stolen” (Mexico), “The Worst Person in the World” ” (Norway), “Plaza Cathedral” (Panama), “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” (Bhutan), “Compartment No. 6” (Finland), “Lamb” (Iceland) and “The Good Boss” (Spain) ) are also part of this race.
“Writing with Fire” describes the rise of Khabar Lahariya, India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women. The documentary is directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, debutants. The final selected nominations will be announced on February 8, while the award ceremony will be held on March 27. (bhasha)