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Ukrainian Film Considered for Oscar Nomination

2. October 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

Ukrainian filmmaker Mykhailo Illienko has been enjoying the success of Firecrosser since it's big screen premiere earlier this year. It stayed in the top 10 most viewed movies for 46 weeks and over 60,000 people watched it in 40 Ukrainian cities.


Now, Mykhailo may receive worldwide recognition as Firecrosser is being considered for inclusion in the "Foreign Language Film" category of the 85th Academy Awards nominations. 


"Sadly, until now Ukraine has not had a real movie-based hero – just losers," the director said. "We wanted to change this and to present to the world a real Ukrainian. This movie is about us, Ukrainians, and for us."


Based on a true story, Firecrosser tells a fascinating story of a war hero who becomes a prisoner in Stalin's camp only to re-emerge later in his life as a leader of a native tribe in North America. It has adventure, romance, history, and authentic Ukrainian culture


"We are very pleased that the film Firecrosser was recognized to be worthy to represent Ukraine at the Oscar Award competition," Mykhailo said. "It is an opportunity for the film to get to the international level and get professional assessment. This nomination is kind of a test for the creative team that worked on the film. We took it and now, like students during their finals, are anticipating the evaluation."


The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees on January 15th, 2013, while the Oscar Awards ceremony will take place February 24th.


Check out the trailer!




Source: The Day