Oscars: New Zealand picks ‘White Lies’ for Foreign-Language Race

White Lies” is New Zealand’s official submission to the foreign-language race at the upcoming Oscars, it was announced at the Toronto film festival, where it screens Monday.

The Maori-language feature is based on the novella “Medicine Woman” by Witi Ihimaera (author of “Whale Rider”), directed by Dana Rotberg (“Angel de Fuego”) and produced by John Barnett (“Whale Rider”).

Cast includes Antonia Prebble, Rachel House and Maori recording artist Whirimako Black.

“ ‘White Lies’ is a beautiful film with powerful themes and strong female characters, set in Maori culture,” said New Zealand Film Commission chief executive Graeme Mason.
“We are incredibly proud that this is the second time that New Zealand has submitted a film for consideration for the foreign-language film category.”

“White Lies” was produced by South Pacific Pictures, and financed by the New Zealand Film Commission, in association with NZ On Air.

Film Sales Company’s Andrew Herwitz is handling sales in Toronto.

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