Oscars: Lithuania Selects 'Wonderful Losers. A Different World' for Foreign-Language Category

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The documentary focuses on the Giro d'Italia bicycle race.

Lithuania has selected Wonderful Losers. A Different World, directed by Arunas Matelis, for best foreign-language film Oscar consideration.

The documentary focuses on the less public side of Giro d'Italia, one of the harshest and best-known cycling races in the world.

Matelis was the first film director in 40 years to obtain permission to film the race from inside.

Wonderful Losers. A Different World was co-produced by Lithuania, Latvia, Italy and Belgium. It was released in Lithuania in February and went on to win the Alpe Adria Cinema Award for best documentary at the Trieste Film Festival; the best documentary award at the Warsaw International Film Festival; the audience award and Grand Prix at the Minsk International Film Festival; and the best documentary Silver Crane at the Lithuanian Film Awards.

Wonderful Losers. A Different World is Lithuania's 11th foreign-language Oscar submission since the country became independent in 1991. A Lithuanian film has never earned an Academy Award nomination.