After the Indonesian selection committee made the announcement, the director wrote on Twitter: “I hope that this film will be a good representation and will stimulate the international public’s interest in Indonesian films.”
The feature film, which premiered in January at the Sundance festival, tells the story of two women who return to their hometown after failing in the city. Waiting to receive an inheritance, they face many strange events.
The cast consists of Marissa Anita, Tara Basro, Christine Hakim and Asmara Abigail, nominated for “Asian Star Up Next” by Variety at the Macao International Film Festival and Awards last year.
Although “Impetigore” is a horror film, art house director Garin Nugroho, the head of the selection committee, praised the production for “the cultural background on mysticism in Indonesia”, which is in his view the strongest element of the film.
Neighboring Malaysia has also selected a horror film, “Soul / Roh,” for nomination.
“Impetigore” recently received 17 nominations at the Indonesian Film Festival (FFI).
Countries that have announced their proposals include Lesotho (“This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection”), Iran (“Sun Children”), Spain (“La trinchera infinita”), Malaysia (“Soul”), Japan (“True Mothers”), Germany (“And Tomorrow the Entire World”), Canada (“Funny Boy”), South Korea (“The Man Standing Next”), Czech Republic (“Charlatan”), Singapore (“Wet Season”) ”), Kosovo (“ Exile ”), Georgia (“ Beginning ”), Switzerland (“ My Little Sister ”), Poland (“ Never Gonna Snow Again ”), Bhutan (“ Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom ”), Taiwan (“A Sun”), Ukraine (“Atlantis”), Bosnia and Herzegovina (“Quo Vadis, Aida?”), Ivory Coast (“Night of the Kings”) and Luxembourg (“River Tales”).
Romania proposed for nomination the “collective” documentary, signed by Alexander Nanau.
The 93rd edition of the Oscars is scheduled to take place on April 25, 2021. Nominations will be announced on March 15.