Three Russian films to seek Oscars

Three Russian films to seek Oscars

‘Beanpole,’ a film by Russian director Kantemir Balagov, is among the ten films competing for the Best International Feature Film category of the 92nd Academy Awards.

Other entries on the shortlist are The Painted Bird (2019) nominated by Czech Republic, Truth and Justice (Tode ja oigus, 2019) from Estonia, Les mis·rables (2019) from France, Those Who Remained (Akik maradtak, 2019) from Hungary, Honeyland (2019) from North Macedonia, Corpus Christi (Boze Cialo, 2019) from Poland, Atlantic (Atlantique, 2019) from Senegal, Parasite (Gisaengchung, 2019) from South Korea and Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria, 2019) from Spain.

The category was formerly known known as Best Foreign Language Film, but the name was changed earlier this year. 

He Can’t Live without Cosmos, an animated film directed and written by Russia's Konstantin Bronzit, was included into the short list of the Animated Short Film category of the 92nd Academy Awards.

Initially, 92 films qualified in the category, but only ten of them were selected for the shortlist, including French animated film Hors piste, about the work of rescuers, and U.S. animated film Kitbull, telling the story of a homeless kitten and a pitbull.

In addition, Russian director Victor Kossakovsky's Aquarela is among the 15 titles that made this year's Best Documentary Feature shortlist.

The official nominees will be announced on January 13, 2020. The 92nd Oscars will take place on February 9, 2020.