Oscars: Greece Selects 'Polyxeni' for Foreign-Language Category

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The film is centered on a Greek woman living in Turkey.

Greece has selected Polyxeni, directed by Dora Masklavanou, as its official contender for the Oscars in the foreign-language category.

The film chronicles the life of Polyxeni, adopted by a prominent Greek Istanbulite family as a 12-year-old girl and separated from her younger brother, as she embarks on a new life, receives an education, comes of age and falls in love.

However, 15 years later, she finds herself at the center of a scheme created by people after her large inheritance.

Polyxeni, Masklavanou's third feature, was released in Greece on Dec. 14, 2017. Earlier this year, it was awarded the Grand Prix at the Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival.

Greece has regularly entered films in the foreign language Oscars race. Five times Greek films have been nominated, most recently in 2010 for Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth. But a Greek film has not yet won a statuette.