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Slovak Nomination for the Oscars is Photophobia

The Slovak nomination for the Best International Feature Film Award of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), also known as the Oscar, is Photophobia by Pavol Pekarčík and Ivan Ostrochovský.

The submission for the Oscars International Feature Film Category is based on the voting of the members of the Slovak Film and Television Academy. SFTA members have chosen Photophobia from the following films which met the AMPAS conditions:

Photophobia (d. Pavol Pekarčík, Ivan Ostrochovský)
Plastic Symphony (d. Juraj Lehotský)
Superwoman (d. Karol Vosátko)
The Chambermaid (d. Mariana Čengel Solčanská)
She – Hero (d. Mira Fornay)
The Shift (d. Jaro Vojtek)
Power (d. Mátyás Prikler)

On a cold February morning, 12-year-old Niki and his family arrive at the Kharkiv metro station to take shelter from the terrifying war raging outside. For Niki's family, daylight is synonymous with mortal danger, and the boy is not allowed to leave the station premises, living under the constant glow of their neon lights. While aimlessly wandering around the abandoned cars and full platforms, Niki meets Vika (11), and a new world opens up to him. As their bond strengthens, the children find the courage once again to feel the sun on their faces.

The film premiered at Venice IFF in the independent section Gionate degli Autori and was awarded with the prize Europa Cinemas Label.

The 96th annual Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2024.

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Related AIC articles:
Oscars 2021 – 107 Mothers
Oscars 2019 – Let There Be Light
Oscars 2017 – The Line
Oscars 2016 – Eva Nová
Oscars 2015 – Koza
Oscars 2014 – A Step Into a Dark
Oscars 2013 – My Dog Killer
Oscars 2012 – Made in Ash
Oscars 2011 – Gypsy

published: 03.10.2023
updated: 09.10.2023