Nepal Picks ‘Jhola’ for Foreign Language Oscar Race

"Jhola" is Nepal's foreign language Oscar

HONG KONG – Nepal has proposed “Jhola” directed by Yadav Kumar Battarai as its contender for the foreign-language Academy Awards category.

The film is rooted in the no longer adhered to Hindu tradition in which a woman would have to kill herself through self-immolation upon her husband’s death. It features a beautiful woman whose husband is 40 years older and dies before her. Despite having to leave her young son as an orphan, she throws herself on her husband’s funeral pyre, but survives and hides in the forest.

“Jhola” is only the sixth film to be entered into the Oscar race by the isolated Himalayan nation. Last year it put forward “Soongava: Dance of the Orchids.” Its first contender, Eric Valli’s “Caravan” secured a nomination in the 1999 race.

Submissions for the foreign-language prize close on Oct. 1 this year, with nominations announced on Jan. 15, 2015, ahead of the awards ceremony on Feb. 22, 2015.

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  1. outlaw django says:

    “jhola” is reality tale laid on the strong foundation of horrific ritual practiced some hundred years back in the himalayan kingdom of Nepal and India by hindus. It’s a pure artwork just like yesteryear’s “12 Years A Slave” . A grieving tale and a movie for the world to watch. With abit of publicity and generosity from the academicians there’s no doubt, it’ll surely earn a berth in foreign language category nominations. It will surely boost the cinema industry of us himalayans…

  2. rupam says:

    caravan was nominated for oscars in 2000 not 2009

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