Oscars: Swiss Select ‘Iraqi Odyssey’ as Foreign Language Entry

Switzerland’s Federal Office of Culture (OFC) has confirmed 3D documentary “Iraqi Odyssey” as the country’s official foreign-language Oscar entry.

The film tells the story of director Samir’s globalized middle-class Iraqi family, who live in New Zealand, Russia, France, the UK and Buffalo, New York. Samir himself was born in Baghdad but grew up in Switzerland.

The selection of the film at the Swiss Oscar entry was announced in the city of Delemont, which will support the promotion of “Iraqi Odyssey” in Los Angeles. A statement from the OFC called the film “a unique insight into a country marked by war and caricatured by stereotypes in the media”.

“Iraqi Odyssey”, which is a co-production between Switzerland, Germany and UAE, received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014. Autlook Filmsales is handling worldwide sales.

The five films nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar will be revealed on Jan. 14. The Oscar awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 28.

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