Pedro Costa’s ‘Vitalina Varela’ out of the Oscar race

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Pedro Costa’s feature film had been considered eligible last January, when the American academy revealed the 93 films nominated for an Oscar for Best International Film.

However, ‘Vitalina Varela‘ did not reach the list of 15 finalist films announced today, and that the academy committee voted, with a view to the nominations of the 93rd edition of the Oscars, to be announced on March 15th.

According to the Oscars organizers, the films ‘Another Round’ (Denmark), ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ Are finalists. (Bosnia Herzegovina), ‘La llorona’ (Guatemala), ‘El Agente topo‘ (Chile), ‘Charlatan‘ (Czech Republic), ‘Deux‘ (France), ‘Better days‘ (Hong Kong), ‘Sun children‘ (Iran), ‘Night of the kings‘ (Ivory Coast), ‘Ya no estoy aqui‘ (Mexico), ‘Hope‘ (Norway), ‘Collective‘ (Romania), ‘Dear comrades!‘ (Russia), ‘A Sun‘ (Taiwan) and ‘The man who sold his skin‘ (Tunisia).

The academy also announced lists of finalists from eight other categories at the Oscars, including Best Documentary in feature and short films, Best Animated Film, and Best Soundtrack.

Despite annually submitting a work nominated for an Oscar, Portugal has never had any film among those nominated for the award for best foreign film, in non-English language, recently renamed Best International Film.

‘Vitalina Varela’ had a world premiere in August 2019, at the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland), where he won the main awards: Golden Leopard and Leopard for Best Female Performance for Vitalina Varela, the woman who inspired the story filmed by Pedro Coast.

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