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2024 Oscars: what the Ukrainian film shortlisted in two categories at once is about

Kateryna MalayNews
Ukrainian director's film is shortlisted for Oscar

Recently, the US filmmakers have decided on a short list of nominees for the prestigious 2024 Oscars. The list includes the documentary 20 Days in Mariupol by Ukrainian director Mstyslav Chernov.

It was recognized in two categories, which increases the film's chances of winning. The full shortlist is available on the Oscars website.

The film 20 Days in Mariupol was shortlisted in the Documentary Feature and International Feature categories. In total, the nominees were announced in 10 categories, with 15 films in each category, which will be shortlisted to 5.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mstyslav Chernov and the Associated Press team he works with within the United States arrived in long-suffering Mariupol just hours before the full-scale Russian invasion.

They became the only representatives of the international press who were directly in the epicenter of the city's destruction during those terrible days. The footage taken by the team traveled around the world and became important evidence that the Russians were committing genocide.

A film by a Ukrainian director has been shortlisted for Oscars

20 Days in Mariupol is a story of journalists, soldiers and civilians who balanced between life and death and saw with their own eyes what others can hardly even imagine.

On March 15, the team managed to get out of the encirclement through the "green corridor." Before that, they filmed the destruction of a maternity hospital, mass graves, murders and other horrific things that were caused by the Russians.

The documentary had its world premiere at the Sundance Independent Film Festival. This year, it was nominated for the Cinema Eye Awards, The Gotham Awards, and finally for the Oscars.

The final nominees for the 96th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. The ceremony itself will take place on March 11.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA wrote that on January 18, 2024, the film Nezavershenyi Polit (Unfinished Flight) will be released. The documentary will be dedicated to the study of the phenomenon of the former Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denys Monastyrskyi, who died almost a year ago in a plane crash in Brovary.

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