×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lithuania selects ‘Ramin’ for Oscar bout

Docu focuses on wrestler's love quest

MOSCOW — Lithuania finally entered a film for best foreign-language Oscar Monday, when after two rounds of voting the Baltic country’s selection committee opted for Audrius Stonys’ documentary “Ramin.”

The 58-minute film tells the story of Ramin Lomsadze, a 75-year-old Georgian wrestler, famous for having once won seven matches in 55 seconds.

A film about love rather than wrestling, it follows Ramin as he prepares for a fight with his last and most formidable opponent — loneliness.

A man who never allowed anyone or anything — not even love — to conquer him, Ramin sets off on a journey to a remote Georgian village to seek out the girl he loved, and lost 50 years ago.

Produced by London- and Banja Luka-based Taskovski Films, the film was chosen from a field of five Lithuanian movies.

The decision — due to be formally announced in Vilnius on Wednesday — is likely to prove controversial. This is due to the fact that the film, although by an acclaimed Lithuanian director, is set entirely in Georgia, and the news that the decision was arrived at after two rounds of voting indicates there was a split in the committee. One Lithuanian film industry professional told Variety: “This decision is absolutely unexpected and sensational.”

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.

More Film

  • FX's 'Snowfall' Panel TCA Winter Press

    John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

    UPDATED with statements from John Singleton’s family and FX Networks John Singleton, the Oscar nominated director and writer of “Boyz N’ the Hood,” has suffered a stroke. Sources confirm to Variety that Singleton checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in his leg. The stroke has been characterized by doctors as [...]

  • 'Curse of La Llorona' Leads Slow

    'Curse of La Llorona' Leads Slow Easter Weekend at the Box Office

    New Line’s horror pic “The Curse of La Llorona” will summon a solid $25 million debut at the domestic box office, leading a quiet Easter weekend before Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” hits theaters on April 26. The James Wan-produced “La Llorona,” playing in 3,372 theaters, was a hit with hispanic audiences, who accounted for nearly 50% [...]

  • Jim Jarmusch in 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    Film Review: 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    “Carmine Street Guitars” is a one-of-a-kind documentary that exudes a gentle, homespun magic. It’s a no-fuss, 80-minute-long portrait of Rick Kelly, who builds and sells custom guitars out of a modest storefront on Carmine Street in New York’s Greenwich Village, and the film touches on obsessions that have been popping up, like fragrant weeds, in [...]

  • Missing Link Laika Studios

    ‘Missing Link’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Annapurna Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Missing Link.” Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.91 million through Sunday for [...]

  • Little Woods

    Film Review: 'Little Woods'

    So much of the recent political debate has focused on the United States’ southern border, and on the threat of illegal drugs and criminals filtering up through Mexico. But what of the north, where Americans traffic opiates and prescription pills from Canada across a border that runs nearly three times as long? “Little Woods” opens [...]

  • Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping

    Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping $60 Million (EXCLUSIVE)

    Netflix has become a destination for television visionaries like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, with deals worth $100 million and $250 million, respectively, and top comedians like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle ($40 million and $60 million, respectively). The streaming giant, which just announced it’s added nearly 10 million subscribers in Q1, is honing in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content