The UK sends Under the Shadow to the Oscars
by Naman Ramachandran
- The Persian-language film by Babak Anvari has proven to be a global festival hit
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has chosen British-Iranian director Babak Anvari’s Persian-language film Under the Shadow [+see also:
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The film premiered at Sundance in January and has since racked up global festival miles and a host of awards, including Best Actress – International Film at the Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival for Rashidi, the Narrative Feature Competition Jury Prize at the Montclair Film Festival, the Narcisse Award at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival and the Jury's Choice Award at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.
The Academy will announce the nominations on 24 January 2017.