Italy Selects ‘A Ciambra’ for Foreign Language Oscar Race

Italy’s Film Commission selected “A Ciambra” as its official entry into the Academy Award race for Best Foreign Language Film. Variety reported the announcement early Tuesday morning.

The film is the story of a teenage boy living in a small community in southern Italy. It screened earlier this year as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight.

“A Ciambra” is director Jonas Carpignano‘s follow up to his debut “Mediterranea,” which screened at Cannes’ Critics Week in 2015. Carpignano wrote and directed both films. “Mediterranea” received a number of nominations from festival and critics groups.

Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese served as an executive producer on “A Cambria.”

Italy holds the record for most wins of any country in the Foreign Language Film category. With 17 nominations and 11 wins, Italy last took the prize in 2014 for Paolo Sorrentino’s celebrated film, “The Great Beauty.”

With the latest announcement, the Foreign Language category grows even more competitive. Featuring a record number of entries, the competition for the 90th Academy Awards promises a diverse collection of international cinema.

The current list of Foreign Language contenders is:

  • Albania – “Day Break” – Gentian Koçi
  • Algeria – “Road to Istanbul” – Rachid Bouchareb
  • Austria – “Happy End” – Michael Haneke
  • Azerbaijan – “Pomegranate Orchard” – Ilgar Najaf
  • Belgium – “Racer and the Jailbird” – Michaël R Roskam
  • Bolivia – “Dark Skull” – Kiro Russo
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – “Men Don’t Cry” – Alena Drljevića
  • Brazil – “Bingo: King of the Mornings” – Daniel Rezende
  • Bulgaria – “Glory” – Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov
  • Cambodia – “First They Killed My Father” – Angelina Jolie
  • Canada – “Hochelaga, Land Of Souls” – François Girard
  • Chile – “A Fantastic Woman” – Sebastian Lelio
  • Colombia – “Guilty Men” – Iván Gaona
  • Croatia – “Quit Staring at My Plate” – Hana Jušić
  • Czech Republic – “Ice Mother” – Bohdan Sláma
  • Denmark – “You Disappear” – Peter Schønau Fog
  • Dominican Republic – “Woodpeckers” – José Maria Cabral
  • Ecuador – “Alba” – Ana Cristina Barragan
  • Egypt – “Sheikh Jackson” – Amr Salama
  • Estonia – “November” – Rainer Sarnet
  • Finland – “Tom of Finland” – Dome Karukoski
  • France – “BPM (120 Battements Par Minute)” – Robin Campillo
  • Georgia – “Scary Mother” – Ana Urushadze
  • Germany – “In the Fade” – Fatih Akin
  • Greece – “Amerika Square” – Yannis Sakardis
  • Hong Kong – “Mad World” – Wong Chung
  • Hungary – “On Body and Soul” – Ildikó Enyedi
  • Iceland – “Under the Tree” – Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
  • India – “Newton” – Amit V Masurkar
  • Indonesia – “Leftovers” – Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo
  • Iran – “Breath” – Narges Abyar
  • Iraq – “The Dark Wind” – Hussein Hussan
  • Ireland – “Song of Granite” – Pat Collins
  • Israel – “Foxtrot” – Samuel Maoz
  • Italy – “A Ciambra” – Jonas Carpignano
  • Japan – “Her Love Boils Bathwater” – Ryota Nakano
  • Kazakhstan – “Road To Mother” – Akan Satayev
  • Kenya – “Kati Kati” – Mbithi Masya
  • Kosovo – “Unwanted” – Edon Rizvanolli
  • Kyrgyzstan – “Centaur” – Aktan Abdykalykov
  • Laos – “Dearest Sister” – Mattie Do
  • Latvia – “The Chronicles of Melanie” – Viestur Kairish
  • Lebanon – “The Insult” – Ziad Doueiri
  • Lithuania – “Frost” – Sarunas Bartas
  • Luxembourg – “Barrage” – Laura Schroeder
  • Mexico – “Tempestad” – Tatiana Huezo
  • Morocco – “Razzia” – Nabil Ayouch
  • Nepal – “Seto Surya (White Sun)” – Deepak Rauniyar
  • Netherlands – “Lalya M” – Mijke de Jong
  • Norway – “Thelma” – Joachim Trier
  • Pakistan – “Saawan” – Farhan Alam
  • Panama – “Beyond Brotherhood” – Arianne Benedetti
  • Palestine – “Wajib” – Annemarie Jacir
  • Peru – “Rosa Chumbe” – Jonatan Relayze
  • Philippines – “Birdshot” – Mikhail Red
  • Poland – “Spoor” – Agnieszka Holland
  • Portugal – “Saint George” – Marco Martins
  • Romania – “The Fixer” – Adrian Sitaru
  • Russia – “Loveless” – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Serbia – “Requiem for Mrs J” – Bojan Vuletić
  • Singapore – “Pop Aye” – Kirsten Tan
  • Slovakia – “The Line” – Peter Bebjak
  • Slovenia – “The Miner” – Hanna Antonina Wojcik Slak
  • South Korea – “A Taxi Driver” – Jang Hoon
  • Spain – “Summer 1993” – Carla Simon
  • Sweden – “The Square” – Ruben Östlund
  • Switzerland – “The Divine Order” – Petra Volpe
  • Taiwan – “Small Talk” – Huang Hui-chen
  • Thailand – “By the Time It Gets Dark” – Anocha Suwichakornpong
  • Turkey – “Ayla: The Daughter of War” – Ca Ulkay
  • Ukraine – “Black Level” – Valentyn Vasyanovych
  • United Kingdom – “My Pure Land” – Sarmad Masud
  • Uruguay – “Another Story Of The World” – Guillermo Casanova
  • Venezuela – “El Inca” – Ignacio Castillo Cottin
  • Vietnam – “Father and Son” – Lương Đình Dũng

Be sure to check out the Official Awards Predictions page to see the predicted nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.

What do you think of “A Ciambra” joining the race? Do you think Martin Scorsese’s name will help the film? Comment below and share your thoughts!