Five Eastern European films have been shortlisted for the 93rd edition of Academy Awards.
Four movies made the shortlist for Best International Feature Film, including Bosnia and Herzegovina’s film on the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, Quo Vadis, Aida?, and Agnieszka Holland’s biopic of a Czech herbalist, Charlatan. Mikhail Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades, a black-and-white film based on the 1962 Soviet massacre of striking workers also made the cut, as did Romanian picture Collective, which documents the aftermath of a tragic fire in a nightclub in Bucharest in 2015.
Collective was also shortlisted for the best Documentary Feature, which makes the double accolade a first for a Romanian film. The picture is competing in the category against Welcome to Chechnya, a documentary on the oppression of LGBTQ+ people in the Russian-Caucasian republic, which was also shortlisted for Best Visual Effects.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the announcement on 9 February. Full nominations will be made public on 15 March and the Oscars ceremony will be held on 25 April, televised live in more than 225 countries.