that of Ivan Grbovic Drunk bird (The Drunken Birds) will represent Canada in the Best International Feature Film category as an official Oscar submission.
Chris, Director General and CEO of Telefilm Canada
Grbovic and Sara Mishara co-wrote the film produced by micro_scope. It was previewed at TIFF in the Platform program and will open on October 15 via Les Films Opale. WaZabi Films manages international sales.
The story centers on the quest of a Mexican migrant worker to find his lost love that takes him from Mexico to Canada where he is hired as a seasonal worker at the Bécotte farm near Montreal. Fates intertwine, worlds meet, tensions rise and moments of magical realism arise during long working days. Featured Jorge Antonio Guerrero, Claude Legault, Hélène Florent, Yoshira Escárrega and Marine Johnson.
Eight Canadian films have been nominated in the category (formerly known as Best Foreign Language Film) over the years and Denys Arcand’s film The barbarian invasion is the only film to win the Oscar in 2004.
Previous nominees are: Kim Nguyen’s War Witch (Rebel) in 2013; that of Philippe Falardeau Mr. Lazhar and the minority co-production of Agnieszka Holland with Poland and Germany In Darkness in 2012; Denis Villeneuve fires in 2011; Deepa mehta The water in 2007; and Denys Arcand The barbarian invasion in 2004, Jesus Of Montreal in 1990, and The Decline of The American Empire in 1987.
Telefilm Canada chaired the pan-Canadian selection committee and did not have the right to vote. The committee was made up of some 20 members from key government agencies and national film industry associations.
The shortlist of the 10 films in the category will be unveiled on December 21 and the five official nominees will be announced on February 8, 2022.