LOS ANGELES, 17 March 2021 – Three African films – one each by a South African, an Ivorian and a Tunisian film director – are in the running for the 2021 Oscars, the film industry’s most prestigious annual awards.
The Man Who Sold His Skin, starring Monica Belluci (a Tunisian satire), is up for best foreign language film (International Feature Category).
My Octopus Teacher (a South African documentary film) is on the shortlist for an Academy Award in the Documentary Feature category.
Night Of The Kings by Ivorian film director Philippe Lacote is also on the shortlist for an International Feature Oscar nomination.
The Ivorian film explores themes across the physical world and the mythical one.
The Tunisian film tells the story of a Syrian man whose body is used by an artist as a canvas.
Director Kaouther Ben Hania described what is happening ato Variety magazine as “a historic nomination for Tunisia”.
The South African documentary focuses on an unlikely friendship fbetween a South African filmmaker and an octopus in the Atlantic Ocean.
Nigeria’s fast-growing flim industry, Nollywood, will miss the change to vy for Oscar glory in 2021
Nollywood film Lionheart was disqualified reportedly for failing to meet language requirements.
Experts agree that African films will flourish more going forward given the rapid expansion in online technology and platforms offering movies to audiences across the globe.
Video streaming sites like YouTube, Showmax, Netflix, Disney+, and iROKOtv have continued to expand access to African movies..
Hundreds of thousands of subscribers have access to Nigerian and Ghanaian moveies from anywhere in the world thanks to iROKOtv, for instance.
Netflix has formed a partnership with many African filmmakers and producing companies that will help showcase African movies to people in 190 countries around the world.
The Oscars will hold on Sunday, 25 April 2021.