Three films at Stockfish shortlisted for Oscar nominations!

3/12/2021

Even though the world is going through a pandemic and Stockfish Film Festival will be a little different this year, we guarantee as usual a big range of high quality award winning films. So, without further ado, we introduce this year’s selection with three multi-awarded films, which all have been selected into the 15 motion picture pre-selection for the best foreign picture at this year’s Oscar awards. 

All three films bring out the tough subject of injustice and inequality. 

La Llorona

From Guatemala come “La Llorona”, which has swept awards all over the world and gathered altogether 42 nominations and 15 awards. It’s categorized as a horror movie yet it brings together real events in history and Latin America’s most famous folklore, La Llorona. 

A former Guatemalan dictator Enrique Monteverde is being held on trial for genocide. When the trial is ultimately convicted on his behalf, the ghost of La Llorona is unleashed and Enrique starts to hear her cries in the dead of night. It’s an interesting approach to a historic event by adding horror elements but what is genocide nothing else but horror. 

Sun Children

From Iran comes “Sun Children”, which despite being released just recently has already gained 5 awards and 9 other film nominations. Including two awards at the Venice Film Festival along with a nomination for The Golden Lion. 

Ali is a 12-year-old boy who works hard to provide for his family. One day Ali is entrusted to seek a treasure that is hidden underground. In order to find it, Ali and his three friends enroll in a school designated for street kids which just to happens to be near the place where the treasure is hidden. Roohoollah Zamani has received praise for his portrayal as the young Ali and won the best actor award at The Venice Film Festival. 

The Man Who Sold His Skin

The third and the last film on this list comes from Tunisia, “The Man Who Sold his Skin”, which is written and directed by Kaouther Ben Hania. The film has received enormous praise and received multiple nominations and awards. 

Sam Ali is an impulsive young man from Syria who fled there to Lebanon. He flees to Europe to settle down with the love of his and coming there he meets a famous artist who tattoos his back. Slowly but surely his back turns into a modern art painting which starts to have grave consequences for Sam Ali.