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'A Hero' and 'Flee' make it to the next round of the Oscars race

The shortlist for the Best International Feature Film is heavily European, with the continent delivering 10 of the 15 films.
'A Hero' and 'Flee' make it to the next round of the Oscars race

Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian drama A Hero and Denmark’s acclaimed animated documentary Flee, directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, about a Afghanistani refugee have made it to the next round of the Oscars Best International Feature Film race, with Flee remarkably also making the Best Documentary shortlist. Full nominations for the 94th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

The international selection left no room for France’s entry, Julia Ducournau’s transgressive drama Titane, which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, while there was also no room for hotly tipped Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn from Romania.

The shortlist is heavily European, with the continent delivering 10 of the 15 films. Four of the European films are from Scandinavia, with Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland on the list; two of the shortlisted films were from the Americas, and three from Asia.  

'A Hero'

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Austria, Great Freedom

Belgium, Playground

Bhutan, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Denmark, Flee

Finland, Compartment No. 6

Germany, I’m Your Man

Iceland, Lamb

Iran, A Hero

Italy, The Hand of God

Japan, Drive My Car

Kosovo, Hive

Mexico, Prayers for the Stolen

Norway, The Worst Person in the World

Panama, Plaza Catedral

Spain, The Good Boss

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 94th Academy Awards. One hundred thirty-eight films were eligible in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

Ascension

Attica

Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry

Faya Dayi

The First Wave

Flee

In the Same Breath

Julia

President

Procession

The Rescue

Simple as Water

In addition, Tala’vision by Jordanian filmmaker Murad Abu Eisheh, appears in the live action short film category. Arab story, A Broken House is shortlisted for best documentary short subject category. Directed by Jimmy Goldblum, the film is about Syrian artist, Mohamad Hafez, who, after receiving a single-entry visa to study architecture in the US, realises he cannot return home.

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