Teen drama chosen as Luxembourg Oscars entry
(CS) Teen drama Baby(a)lone will be entered to compete for Luxembourg in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film at next year's Academy Awards.
Directed by Donato Rotunno, the film is based on the novel Amok by Tullio Forgiarini and was co-produced by Luxembourg company Iris Productions and Belgian partner Iris Films.
It tells the story of two young teenagers, who see themselves confronted by sex, drugs and violence on a daily basis, as they try to forge their own path. The film is a portrait of today's youth and the pressures under which they live. It shows how teenagers can feel misunderstood but are in need of love, even if this is uncool.
Baby(a)lone premiered at this year's Luxembourg City Film Festival and screened at the Brussels Film Festival, as well as the youth branch of the Stockholm International Film Festival.
The film was chosen to represent Luxembourg by a national selection committee including:
- Nicole Dahlen – Luxembourg City Cinémathèque
- Guy Daleiden – Film Fund Luxembourg
- Claude Lahr – Association of Directors and Scriptwriters (LARS)
- Paul Lesch – University of Luxembourg
- Carlo Thiel – Luxembourg Association of Audiovisual Technicians (ALTA)
- Viviane Thill – Centre National de l'Audiovisuel (CNA)
- Laurent Witz – Luxembourg Union of Audiovisual Production (ULPA)
A shortlist of candidates will be presented in December, with nominations to be announced on January 14.
Luxembourg so far counts one Oscar, with Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares having received an Academy Award in 2014 for their animated short film Mr Hublot.