Swiss pick ‘Giochi d’estate’ for Oscar race

Colla's pic in Italian is set in Tuscany

BERLIN — Rolando Colla’s “Giochi d’estate” (Summer Games) has been selected as Switzerland’s candidate for the foreign- language film Oscar.

The coming-of-age film, which bowed in Venice, centers on a teenage boy struggling with an abusive father and dealing with first love while on summer holiday on Italy’s Tuscany coast.

The pic was chosen by a special jury and announced at the Delemont-Hollywood film festival in Delsberg.

“Summer Games” was produced by Zurich-based Peacock Film.

The Swiss entry will benefit from a 60,000 Swiss francs ($66,813) financial contribution for a promotional campaign, according to the Federal Culture Office.

The deadline for Oscar foreign-language film submissions is Monday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will unveil nominations on Jan. 24 and the winner will be announced at the 84th awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Feb. 26.

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