The Oscars: Two African Films Make The International Feature Film Category Shortlist
The Oscars has announced the first shortlist in its International Feature Film category. It has confirmed fifteen foreign films (from the more than ninety eligible entries) that will be progressing to the next stage of shortlisting. Of the fifteen that made it to the next stage, two are from Africa, including "Night of the Kings" (Ivory Coast) and "The Man Who Sold His Skin" (Tunisia).
The rest of the thirteen entries that made the next shortlisting round of the International Feature Film films category are, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 'Quo Vadis, Aida?', Chile, 'The Mole Agent' Czech Republic, 'Charlatan', Denmark, 'Another Round', France, 'Two of Us' and Guatemala, 'La Llorona' Hong Kong, 'Better Days', Iran, 'Sun Children', Mexico, 'I'm No Longer Here', Norway, 'Hope' Romania, 'Collective', Russia, 'Dear Comrades!' and Taiwan, 'A Sun'.
Disappointed for not making the shortlist is Nigerian Desmond Ovbiagele and his film "The Milkmaid". It has been hopeful that the Hausa language-based thriller could have made the cut. "The Milkmaid's story plots around a Nigeria-Fulani milkmaid who engages with and confronts extremism in her rural African community.