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Pakistan has selected Asim Abbasi’s debut feature Cake as its submission for best foreign-language film at the Oscars.
Set in Karachi, one of Pakistan’s biggest cities, Cake follows the lives of two sisters, one who lives abroad and the other who remains at home caring for their parents.
When the health of their parents worsens, the overseas sister returns home, where guilty secrets and hidden resentments are revealed as they struggle to find a way to heal family divisions.
Abassi says the film reflects a new trend in Pakistani cinema and that he hopes “we always find the courage and the vision to tell stories our own way.”
Starring top Pakistani actors including Sanam Saeed, Aamina Sheikh and Adnan Malik, the film is produced by Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari.
Pakistan first submitted a film to the Oscars in 1959, but after its 1963 submission and a difficult period for Pakistani cinema, there was a half-century hiatus before it again sent a film to the Academy Awards. It has never been nominated for an Oscar.
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