A Tamil drama about the exploitation of prisoners and police corruption was picked as India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2017.
The head of the Film Federation of India – Ketan Mehta picked Vetrimaaran’s film from 29 films, as per the reports of TOI.
A Tamil movie – Visaranai is based on M. Chandrakumar’s novel ‘Lock Up’ about a auto rickshaw driver, who shares his experience after he and three of his friends are arrested on false charges; is director Vetrimaaran’s third film and is produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Productions.
The film has already won three National Awards this year — Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing and Best Feature Film in Tamil. This movie also won the Amnesty International Italia Award 2015 and has been doing the rounds of festivals ever since.
Last year’s entry, Court – a Marathi national award winning film, failed to make the nomination list at the Oscar.
As per the reports of Vareity: Around 60 countries have submitted their entries for the foreign-language Oscar before its 3rd October 2016 deadline. This includes ‘Clash’ from Egypt which documents the story if a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds thrown together in the violent aftermath of the Arab Spring.
There’s also Iceland’s Sparrows – a coming-of-age film from director Runar Runarsson which follows a teenager trying to adjust to living with his father in a rough town in Iceland’s far north.
The official nomination list for the category will be announced in the month of January 2017.
Watch the the trailer of ‘Visaranai’: