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Swiss Oscar Entry ‘Iraqi Odyssey’ Bought by Typecast for U.S.

Typecast Films has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary “Iraqi Odyssey,” Switzerland’s entry for the Academy Awards in the foreign language film category.

The movie will be released in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 27 before expanding nationwide in 2016. Typecast Films will release the English-language version of the film in theaters, while the version that has qualified as the Swiss Oscar entry is in German.

“Iraqi Odyssey” tells the story of director Samir’s globalized middle-class Iraqi family, who live in New Zealand, Russia, France, the U.K. and Buffalo, N.Y. Samir himself was born in Baghdad, but grew up in Switzerland.

“Iraqi Odyssey,” which is a co-production between Switzerland, Germany and UAE, received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. It won the best Asian film award and the NETPAC award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and the Panorama audience award at the Berlin Film Festival.

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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