Taiwan has selected Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin” as its official entry to the 2015 foreign-language Oscar race.
“The Assassin” screened in the main competition section at the Cannes Film Festival and earned Hou the award for director.
“‘The Assassin’ was selected because the film’s technical aspect has reached a pinnacle,” the Ministry of Culture said in a statement. “The film conveys a classical atmosphere and humanity through its cinematography, lighting, art direction and character modeling. Director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s film techniques have remained the same, but the film shows Hou’s strong ambition to create a new film language and style.”
The movie is set in 9th-century China, where a young woman is abducted as a child from a decorated general and raised by a nun. She is trained in martial arts and returned as an exceptional assassin, after 13 years of exile, to the land of her birth, with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be.
“The Assassin” will screen at the Toronto and New York film festivals. It hits U.S. theaters on Oct. 16.
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The deadline to submit entries for foreign-language film is Oct. 1, the nominations will be announced Jan. 16 and the Oscars will take place Feb. 28 at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.