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Italy Picks Io Capitano as 2024 Oscars International Feature Submission – The Hollywood Reporter

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Italy has picked Matteo Garrone’s transferring migration drama Io Capitano to signify the nation within the 2024 Oscars in the perfect worldwide movie class.

The function, which follows the trials of two Senegalese youngsters making an attempt to make it from Dakar to Italy — throughout the Sahara desert and over the Mediterranean Sea — premiered on the Venice Movie Pageant the place it received the perfect director Silver Lion for Garrone and the perfect new actor prize for lead Seydou Sarr. The Hollywood Reporter picked the movie as one of many 15 greatest films of this yr’s fall festivals.

Io Capitano is particularly well timed given the brand new laborious line in the direction of immigration taken by Italy’s far-right authorities beneath Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. Talking on the U.N. this week, Meloni known as for tighter controls on migration, saying she wouldn’t permit Italy to turn out to be “Europe’s refugee camp.”

Io Capitano was picked by an Oscar committee overseen by the Italian cinema group Anica. It beat out different short-listed contenders together with Alice Rohrwacher’s La Chimera, Nanni Moretti’s A Brighter Tomorrow and Kidnapped from Marco Bellocchio, all of which premiered in Cannes this yr.

Italy is at all times a front-runner in the perfect worldwide function race, having received the Oscar on this class, beforehand generally known as greatest international language movie, 11 occasions, although the final Italian win got here a decade in the past, Paolo Sorrentino’s The Nice Magnificence in 2013. Sorrentino’s The Hand of God, nominated in 2022, was Italy’s final Academy Award nom. Garrone has twice been nominated for a BAFTA — for Gomorrah in 2009 and Dogman in 2019 — however has but to attain an Oscar nomination.

The deadline for submission for the perfect worldwide movie class is Oct. 2. The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences will announce the movies on the 2024 Oscar shortlist on Dec. 21. The 5 nominees within the class can be introduced on Jan. 23. The ninety fifth Academy Awards can be held on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 10.

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