Ukrainian Oscar Committee has chosen a movie to represent Ukraine at the 94th Oscars of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Best International Feature Film category.
It will be a film by Natalia Vorozhbyt “Bad Roads,” according to the Ukrainian state film agency.
Five films took part in the national selection. The film “Bad Roads” received 5 votes and 3 additional points (given for the world premiere at the festival of A class, the award at A class festival and reviews in international specialized agencies).
The movie of Valentyn Vasyanovych “Reflection” received 2 votes and 2 additional points, Oleg Sentsov's film “Rhino,” – 1 vote and 2 additional points, “Stop-Zemlia by Kateryna Gornostai – 3 votes and 3 additional points, Villen Novak’s film “Why I'm Alive” – 0 votes and 0 additional points.
"This year's selection was truly competitive and dramatic: films competed, each of which has the undeniable virtues necessary for the participation in the Oscar race. As a result, the Ukrainian Oscar Committee in s way confirmed the decisions of film critics and members of the Ukrainian Film Academy, who already gave awards to “Bad Roads,” the message says.
The film consists of five separate short stories about the residents of Donbas, who live on both sides of the line of demarcation. Five broken roads - five stories of love, hate, trust, betrayal and violation of personal borders against the background of violation of state borders. The script is based on documentary stories collected by the author in eastern Ukraine while working on film “Cyborgs.”
The world premiere of the drama took place in the Film Critics' Week of the Venice Film Festivalin 2020, where it was awarded the second most prestigious award - Circolo del Cinema di Verona as "the most innovative movie."
The 94th Oscars will be held in Los Angeles on March 27, 2022.