Awards Calendar

  • ASIFA: 43rd Annual Annie Awards - Royce Hall
    February 6, 2016
  • DGA: Awards - Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
    February 6, 2016
  • AMPAS: Oscar Nominees Luncheon
    February 8, 2016
  • BAFTA: Round Two voting closes
    February 10, 2016
  • 11th Annual Final Draft Awards
    February 11, 2016
  • AMPAS: Final voting opens
    February 12, 2016
  • AMPAS: Scientific and Technical Awards
    February 13, 2016
  • WGA: 68th Annual Writers Guild Awards - Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
    February 13, 2016
  • BAFTA: British Academy Film Awards - Royal Opera House, London
    February 14, 2016
  • 28th Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award
    February 20, 2016

Oscars: Serbia Nominates 'Circles' and Montenegro Taps 'Bad Destiny' in Foreign Language Category

An act of wartime violence begins a chain of events in "Circles"
An act of wartime violence begins a chain of events in "Circles"

Films from Serb director Srdan Golubovic and Montenegro's Draska Djurovic were submitted for awards consideration.

WROCLAW, Poland -- Seen by some as a cinematographic act of atonement for the Balkans civil wars of the 1990s, Srdan Golubovic's Circles has been nominated as Serbia's submission for best foreign language film at the 86th Academy Awards in March.

The director's third film -- his last in 2007 was the shocking thriller The Trap -- it addresses the long-term consequences of war and violence.

The title begins with an act of brutal aggression against Haris, a Muslim civilian, by three Serbian soldiers in 1993. The act was witnessed by another solider, Marko, whose intervention brings about his own death. The film then moves forward to 2008 when, long after the war ends, its wounds are still open.

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It follows the interlocking stories of three survivors: Marko's father, who is offered help rebuilding a war-damaged church by one of his son's killers; Marko's friend, a surgeon, who is faced with performing a lifesaving operation on another killer; and Haris, now living in Germany, who has a unique opportunity to repay his debt to his savior.

The film took nine votes against five for Miroslav Momcilovic's Death of a Man in the Balkans at the Expert Committee of the Serbian Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences selection meeting, Serbian news wire In Serbia reported.

It has already picked up half a dozen awards, including a special jury prize at Sundance, Grand Prix in Yerevan, best director in Wiesbaden's Go East and audience awards in Sofia and Sarajevo.

Another former Yugoslav country, Montenegro, for the first time nominated an entry for the Oscars: Draska Djurovic's Bad Destiny, which stars Hollywood actor Michael Madsen.

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