Martin Scorsese's A Ciambra selected as Italy's pick for Best Foreign Language film at Oscars 2018


Sep 27, 2017 16:09:40 IST

Los Angeles: Italy has selected Martin Scorsese-produced film A Ciambra to represent the country in the Best Foreign Language category at the 90th Academy Awards next year.

Martin Scorseses A Ciambra selected as Italys pick for Best Foreign Language film at Oscars 2018

A still from A Ciambra. Youtube screengrab

The movie has been executive produced by Martin Scorsese, which debuted at Cannes in the Directors Fortnight section — winning the Europa Cinema Labels Award, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Jonas Carpignano-directed film is set in the Romani community of Southern Italy, and narrates the story of 14- year-old Pio Amato and how he deals with challenges after his older brother disappears.

It is touted to be a companion piece to the director's first feature, Mediterranea (2015).

Last year, Italy chose Gianfranco Rosi's Fire at Sea as its official entry to the Oscars, which did not secure a foreign-language film nomination but was nominated for best documentary.

Italy holds the record for most Foreign Language Film Oscar victories, with 14 in total — including three honorary prizes — over 31 nominated movies.

Director Paolo Sorrentino last won the Academy Award for The Great Beauty in 2014.

Updated Date: Sep 27, 2017 16:15:22 IST

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