Armenia’s ‘If Only Every One’ joins foreign Oscar race

War drama examines Azerbaijan conflict

MOSCOW — Armenia’s candidate for best foreign language Oscar is Natalia Belyauskene’s “If Only Everyone,” a film about how in war there are no winners.

Dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Caucasian country’s independence, the film is set during the Artsakh war — the bitter conflict between Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan over secession region Nagorno-Karabakh in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Made with the support of Armenia’s president, Serzh Sargsyan, the film’s producer, Michael Poghosyan, says he hopes it can serve as a means of reconciliation.

“It is easy to get to fury,” he told news agency Armenpress. “But we have tried to look at everything objectively as we fought for what belonged to us.”

He said he hoped the film would also be seen in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign film on Jan. 10. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 24.

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