Palestinian film 'Omar' gets Oscar nomination
babelmed - 21/01/2014
Tells story of baker forced to become double agent for Israel.
The Palestinian film "Omar" has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Film category, making it the second Palestinian film to be nominated for the prestigious golden statuette.
The Palestinian and Emirati production, a love story set in the West Bank, "Omar," directed by Hany Abu-Assad, will be competing against films from Belgium, Cambodia, Denmark and Italy.
It’s Abu Assad’s second Oscar nomination: He had a nod for 2006’s Paradise Now, about Palestinian suicide bombers.
"Omar" tells the story of a baker of the same name who is arrested and beaten by Israeli intelligence agents after three young Palestinians decide to kill an Israeli soldier. He is forced to work as a double agent for Israeli intelligence, and the film follows the difficult choices he makes and the cat-and-mouse game he plays with Israeli authorities.
The film, shot on location in Nazareth in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories, won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
The other foreign language film nominees are The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium), The Great Beauty (Italy), The Hunt (Denmark) and The Missing Picture (Cambodia).The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 2.