VILNIUS – The Lithuanian Oscars Committee has selected Karolis Kaupinis' debut feature film Nova Lituania this year’s Academy Awards.
The film will be given the opportunity to vie for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, the Lithuanian Film Center said.
The film was earlier named the best at Athens Film Festival and won the top prize at Riga Film Festival.
This rewarding period drama, set during the interwar years, suggests the creation of an alternative Lithuania to counter invasion and tells the story about Lithuanian interwar geography professor’s efforts to establish a Lithuanian colony overseas.
"We don believe in the potential of this story of a modern Lithuanian Don Quichotte and want it to be seen as wide as possible," Linas Mikuta, the selection committee chairman, said.
The US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' committees will pick five films from all the films nominated by countries across the world into the final TOP-5 which will be nominated for the Oscar.
The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled to be on April 25, 2021.