The Ukrainian Oscar Committee has selected Valentyn Vasyanovych’s drama Atlantis as the national contender for the Oscar in the nomination Best International Feature Film. This year, the film competed with two other candidates - Iryna Tsilyk's documentary The Earth is Blue Like an Orange and Antonio Lukich's comedy My Thoughts Are Silent.
Now the film is waiting for the fight to get first in the long list, and then in the shortlist of the award. Oscar nominees will be announced on March 15, 2021. The award ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on April 21, 2021.
Atlantis is a near-future drama that tells the story about dystopia, which takes place in the post-industrial future after the return of the occupied Donbas to Ukraine. Its territories have been declared uninhabitable. However, despite the devastation, a new love is born.
All the roles in the film were played by non-professional actors - former spy, volunteer of the charity fund Come Back Alive Andriy Rymaruk, paramedic Lyudmila Bileka and volunteer Vasyl Antonyak.
The world premiere took place at the Venice Film Festival, where it won a historic victory for Ukraine.
The Ukrainian premiere of Atlantis will take place on September 26 as part of the International Competition Program of the Odesa Film Festival. The film will be released in Ukraine on November 5.
As it was reported earlier, near-future drama directed by Valentyn Vasyanovych won the special jury prize at Tokyo International Film Festival.