Oscars: Georgia Nominates 'Corn Island' in Foreign-Language Category

Corn Island Still 2 - H 2014
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Corn Island Still 2 - H 2014

The almost wordless fable won the top prize at the Karlovy Vary festival this summer

Georgia has nominated Corn Island, an almost wordless fable about an aging farmer and his granddaughter pitted against nature and a lingering ethnic conflict, for the foreign-language film category at the Oscars.

Directed by Giorgi Ovashvili, the film is a co-production between Germany, France, Hungary and Kazakhstan. It wowed critics at July's Karlovy Vary film festival, where it won the $25,000 Crystal Globe top prize.

Set on the far eastern fringes of modern-day Europe on an island in a river that divides Georgia from separatist territory Abkhazia, where a bloody civil war was fought in the early 1990s, the film features images of mist-woven forest and distant mountains as a background for the story of a man pitted against nature and human opponents.

The film, chosen for the Oscar race by a special committee that includes members of the government as well as cultural and film industry organizations, is the latest in a run of award-wining Georgian films.

Both Levan Koguashvili's Blind Dates, which was also shortlisted by the Georgian committee, and last year's Georgian Oscar contender, In Bloom by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, have been winning festival kudos worldwide in the past year.

Industry observers have suggested that the small former Soviet nation is on the verge of a cinematic renaissance.