Foreign-Language Oscar Roundup: Eastern European Countries Pick Their Candidates

Kosovo, Bulgaria, Czech Republic Make Their

Kosovo, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic have submitted “Unwanted,” “Glory,” and “Ice Mother,” respectively, for the foreign-language Oscar category.

Actor-turned-director Edon Rizvanolli’s feature debut, “Unwanted” is a social drama about a teenage boy, Alban, who lives in exile in Holland with his mother. Produced by 1244 Productions and Asfalt Films, “Unwanted” premiered at Karlovy Vary.

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“Glory,” directed by Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva, is a tragicomedy about a railroad worker who finds millions in cash on the tracks and turns the money in to the police. Inspired by a true story, the film premiered at the Antalya film festival and went on to play at the Edinburgh film festival. Film Movement has U.S. and English-speaking Canadian rights to the movie.

Bohdan Slama’s “Ice Mother” (pictured), which had its international premiere at Tribeca and won best script, revolves around a selfless widow who finds late-in-life romance. The Match Factory represents the film in international markets. Slama’s credits include “The Wild Bees,” which won the Tiger award at Rotterdam.

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