Tamil film Pebbles, India's official entry, doesn't find a place on Oscar's shortlist
Pebbles, directed by debutant PS Vinothraj, failed to make it to the shortlist of 15 finalists in the International Feature Film category
Debutant director PS Vinothraj's Pebbles, India's official entry to the Oscars, has failed to make it to the next round of the race for the Oscars.
The film has failed to make it to the shortlist of 15 finalists in the International Feature Film category, which was announced by the Academy of Motion Pictures in the early hours of Wednesday.
The film revolves around an alcoholic wife-beater who embarks on a journey, dragging his young son along to fetch back his wife whom he had chased away. The film was screened at the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands, February 4, 2021) where it received the Tiger Award. It will also be screened at 52nd International Film Festival of India in 'Indian Panorama' section.
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Director Vignesh Shivan, who is the producer of 'Pebbles', expressed his disappointment at 'Pebbles' not making it to the shortlist.
He tweeted: "To check if our film has come in the list itself is a big achievement, yes ! But still! The happiness & pride that we could have brought in to independent cinema makers and producers like us would have been remarkable! If we could have made it to the short list (sic)."
The Academy announced the shortlists in 10 categories, including the International Feature Film Category.
The films that managed to make it to the shortlist in this category are 'Great Freedom' (Austria), 'Playground' (Belgium), 'Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom' (Bhutan), 'Flee' (Denmark), 'Compartment No. 6 (Finland), 'I'm Your Man' (Germany), 'Lamb' (Iceland), 'A Hero' (Iran), 'The Hand of God' (Italy), 'Drive My Car' (Japan), 'Hive' (Kosovo), 'Prayers for the Stolen' (Mexico), 'The Worst Person in the World' (Norway), 'Plaza Catedral' (Panama) and 'The Good Boss' (Spain).