Luxembourg sends Voices from Chernobyl to the Oscars
by Vitor Pinto
- Pol Cruchten’s documentary is based on the book by Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich
The documentary Voices from Chernobyl [+see also:
film profile] by Pol Cruchten has been submitted to represent Luxembourg at the upcoming Academy Awards, in the Best Foreign-language Film category. The decision was made unanimously by a selection committee representing the Grand Duchy’s audiovisual sector, which included Nicole Dahlen (Luxembourg Cinémathèque), Guy Daleiden (Film Fund Luxembourg), Alexandra Hoesdorff (ULPA), Claude Lahr (LARS), actress Sophie Langevin, Yves Steichen (CNA) and Daniel Texter (ALTA).
Produced by Red Lion, Voices from Chernobyl is an adaptation of 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Svetlana Alexievich’s novel, which is based on testimonies from the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
The film premiered locally last April at the Luxembourg City Film Festival and, since then, has screened at several other gatherings, such as the Paris Environmental Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix, and the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, where it pocketed the Best Documentary Prize. Its theatrical release in France is scheduled for 23 November.
The nominations for the 89th edition of the Academy Awards will be announced on 24 January 2017; the ceremony will take place on 29 February.