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First they killed my father

Oscar predictions: Cambodia frontrunner in best foreign language film category

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“The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is an annual awards show celebrating achievements in cinema across a number of categories from the past year.

“First They Killed My Father” is among the 92 films on the Academy’s initial long list, which will be shot down to a handful before the final nominees are decided in January 2018.

And there is a good chance that Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut film will bag the award. Jolie, an accomplished actress, was given an honorary citizenship of Cambodia in 2005, a country where she has done extensive charity work and from where she also adopted a child.

Jolie’s film is about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime – a theme which hasn’t been captured cinematically in such detail before – even though there have been precedents such as Roland Joffé’s Oscar-winning 1984 epic “The Killing Fields”.

“First They Killed My Father” is an adaptation of Loung Ung’s harrowing story of her family’s experience under the Khmer Rouge. Jolie, who co-wrote the film with Ung, does not try to over-explain every political detail of the civil war.”

 

Read the Inquirer.Net’s series Oscar predictions for movies from the Asian region here.

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