This is the animated documentary Eternal Spring, from Toronto director, screenwriter and producer Jason Loftus, which has been chosen to represent Canada in the race for the Oscar for best international film, Telefilm Canada announced on Wednesday.
Shot in Mandarin, Eternal Spring highlights the work of Chinese illustrator Daxiong. The feature film, which has already distinguished itself in several international festivals, will be released on September 23 in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
Eternal Spring succeeds the Quebec film Drunken Birds, which was selected last year passed to represent Canada in the race for the Oscar for best international film, without however being retained among the five finalists. Les Invasions Barbares, by Quebec filmmaker Denys Arcand, remains to this day the only Canadian film to have won the Oscar in this category, in 2004.
For now, five countries submitted their nominations for the Oscar for best international film this year. Last year, 92 countries submitted a film in this category. The five finalists will be revealed when the nominations are announced on January 24. The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12, 2023, in Hollywood.
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