Somalia selects “The Gravedigger’s Wife” as its very first Oscar submission

The Gravedigger’s Wife by Finno-Somali filmmaker Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, which premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week in July, was shortlisted as Somalia’s first-ever candidacy for the 2022 Oscars.

Set in the town of Djibouti within the Horn of Africa, the drama stars Finno-Somali actor Omar Abdi as a gravedigger in search of funds for the kidney transplant together with his beloved spouse. in determined want, portrayed by Somali-Canadian mannequin and actress Yasmin Warsame. .

The movie’s choice for consideration within the Best International Film class follows the institution of the first-ever Somalia Oscar Selection Committee by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

It was made up of six personalities from the nation’s cultural and leisure sector: singer-songwriter Hassan-Nour Sayid, filmmaker Hoda Mohamed Ali, musician, playwright, and filmmaker Hamda Abdillahi (who additionally bears the stage identify by Xamda Yar), movie producer Mohamed Abdalla Ahmed, hip-hop artist Abdul Abdullahi and playwright, musician and filmmaker Abdikadir Al-Khaliji.

World premiere at Cannes, The Gravedigger’s Wife was screened within the programming of Contemporary World Cinema in Toronto, profitable the Amplify Voices Award, aimed toward filmmakers from under-represented communities. He performs within the Love part of the London Film Festival subsequent week after which travels to Chicago (October 13-24) for his American premiere as nicely because the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Fespaco), from October 16 to October 23, for its premiere.

The function movie is produced by Finnish producer Mark Lwoff and Misha Jaari at Helsinki-based Bufo Productions in co-production with Pyramide Productions in France and Twenty Twenty Vision in Germany. Orange Studio manages worldwide gross sales.

It was developed below the auspices of the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence program and in addition gained the post-production award of € 20,000 on the Atlas Workshops trade occasion of the Marrakech International Film Festival in 2019.

Africa final secured an Oscar nomination in 2011 with Algeria Outlaw, however the continent’s place within the Oscar race has grown in recent times.

Atlantic by Senegalese-French filmmaker Mati Diop had a Netflix-backed prime run for the 2020 awards and there was a full of life set of submissions from the continent for 2021.

These embrace La Nuit des rois by Ivorian director Philippe Lacôte by Philippe Lacôte from Côte d’Ivoire, This isn’t a funeral from Lesotho, C’est un resurrection de Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese and Tu mourras on the age of twenty. Sudan of Amjad Abu Alala as nicely because the Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania is the person who offered his pores and skin.


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