Mui Co Chay” (Scent of Burnt Grass) – “Mui Co Chay” (Scent of Burnt Grass) of Vietnam is not on the shortlist of the nominees for the Best Foreign Film category of the Oscar Awards 2013.
Meanwhile, “War Witch” by Vietnamese Canadian director Kim Nguyen was selected as the representative for Canada.
“Mui Co Chay” features four Hanoian students, namely Hoang, Thanh, Thang and Long, who joined the army during the resistance war against US aggression in 1971.
They were trained very fast and then sent to the Quang Tri ancient citadel battlefield. Three of them died in heavy fighting, only Hoang luckily returned home on Vietnam’s Reunification Day (April 30, 1975). His experience of the 81 day-and-night fighting in the citadel and Thach Han river area is unforgettable.
In Vietnam, Scent of Burnt Grass has received a number of important awards, most recently the best film and best editor in the 2011 Golden Kite Award.
The list also does not have South Korean movie “Pieta,” which won the Golden Lion Award.
Austrian film – “Amour” by Michael Haneke, which won the Palme d’Or Award 2012, is considered the top candidate of the Best Foreign Film Award.
Notably, up to 4 out of 5 films nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the Golden Globes Awards are on the list: “Amour” (Austria), “The Intouchables” (France), “Kon-Tiki” (Norway) and “A Royal Affair” (Denmark).
Other movies on the list include: “No” (Chile), “War Witch” (Canada), “Beyond the Hills” (Romania), “Sister” (Switzerland) and “The Deep” (Iceland).
This year there are 71 countries which sent their movies to the Oscar Awards 2013. Notably, there is no Asian movie in this list.
The Oscar nominations will be announced on 10/01/2013.
The nine films compete in the Best Foreign Film category of Oscar Awards 2013:
Austria: “Amour” by Michael Haneke
Canada: “War Witch” by Kim Nguyen
Chile: “No” by Pablo Larrain
Denmark: “A Royal Affair” by Nikolaj Arcel
France: “The Intouchables” by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
Iceland: “The Deep” by Baltasar Kormakur
Norway: “Kon-Tiki” by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
Romania: “Beyond the Hills” by Cristian Mungiu
Switzerland: “Sister” by Ursula Meier
A scene in the movie “Love Story.”