Egypt’s ‘Winter of Discontent’ in foreign-language Oscar race

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The widely acclaimed Egyptian film “Winter of Discontent” has been selected at the Egyptian Cinema Syndicate to represent Egypt in the race for a foreign-language Oscar, reported Egypt-based al-Ahram.

The deadline for submitting a foreign-language film is Tuesday; nominations for the awards will be announced early 2014 with the coveted awards ceremony held in March next year.

Ibrahim El-Batout’s independent film made its debut at the 69th Venice Film Festiva held in 2012. It has since participated in 20 more film festivals across the world.

The “Winter of Solstice” storyline revolves around the lives of the film’s protagonists: a State Security officer, a political activist and a journalist. It covers the time of the 2011 Egyptian revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak’s 30 years in power.

Despite apparent links to the 2011 revolution El-Batout wrote a side-note on the script.

“We need to keep in mind that “The Winter of Discontent” is not about the revolution itself. It is a film about three people who lived through the historic and unforgettable 18 days of the revolution.”

Other famous Arab films nominated for the awards ceremony include Saudi Arabia’s “Wadjda,” a drama by Haifaa al-Mansour.

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