Lebanese movie shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film of the Academy Awards

Yesterday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

announced

that the Lebanese movie “The Insult” is shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film award for the 90th Academy Awards. Nine movies, including “The Insult” made the list. In fact, 92 films were considered for the award. These are the shortlisted movies:

  • “A Fantastic Woman” – Chile
  • “In the Fade” – Germany
  • “On Body and Soul” – Hungary
  • “Foxtrot” – Israel
  • “The Insult” – Lebanon
  • “Loveless” – Russia
  • “Félicité” – Senegal
  • “The Wound” – South Africa
  • “The Square” – Sweden

The nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced next year on January 23. The Oscars will take place on March 4 in 2018.

About the film

“The Insult,” a film by Ziad Doueiri, represents the relationship between a Christian Lebanese and a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon. Tony (Adel Karam) and Yasser (Kamel El Basha) have a verbal and physical fight, which leads them to a courtroom. The screening of the movie at the Venice Film Festival was followed by a 5-minute standing ovation. Also, the director Ziad Doueiri received the 

“Best Arab Talent of the Year” Award for 2017

 from Variety magazine before the screening of “The Insult” at the El-Gouna Film Festival in Egypt.

“The Insult” topped the box office in Lebanon

and took 44% of all movie admissions during its opening week.

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