Oscars: Slovenia Selects 'Ivan' for Foreign-Language Category

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The film was the main winner at last year's Slovenian Film Festival.

Slovenia has selected Ivan, directed by Janez Burger, for best foreign-language film Oscar consideration.

Ivan is focused on Mara, a young woman caught amid a violent corruption affair and forced to make an impossible choice between the man she obsessively loves and her newborn son, Ivan.

In September 2017, the film swept the Slovenian Film Festival, taking eight prizes, including best film, best screenplay, best cinematography and best actress for female lead Marusa Majer. It went on to be screened at a number of other festivals, including Pula Film Festival and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

Ivan is Burger's fifth feature. He is best known internationally for his 1999 film V leru (Idle Running), which collected awards at Cottbus, Trieste and Sarajevo. His Silent Sonata was Slovenia's entry in the foreign-language Oscar race in 2011.

Ivan is Slovenia's 22nd foreign-language Oscar submission since the country became independent in 1991. None of the previous entries was nominated.