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OSCARS 2015 Ireland / UK

The Gift, Little Happiness to vie for foreign language category


- A record 83 countries have submitted entries

The Gift, Little Happiness to vie for foreign language category
The Gift (An Bronntanas) by Tom Collins

The Irish Film & Television Academy has announced Tom Collins’ Irish-language The Gift (An Bronntanas) [+see also:
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 as Ireland’s submission for the foreign language category at the 87th annual Academy Awards next year. Written by Joe O’ByrnePaul WalkerEoin McNamee and Collins, the film is a contemporary thriller set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara. The rescue crew receives a distress call on a stormy night to discover a fishing boat with some very interesting cargo, which leaves the crew with a life changing moral dilemma. Produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh for ROSG, De Facto Films and Collins, with the backing of the Irish Film Board, TG4, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and Northern Ireland Screen, The Gift stars Dara DevaneyJohn FinnOwen McDonnellMichelle BeamishPól Ó GríofaCharlotte Bradley and Januscz Sheagall.

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The UK has sent Nihat Seven’s Turkish-language Little Happiness (Uzun Yol) as its contender in the foreign language category. Written by Melek Seven, The film follows a young Turkish couple that must elope in order to escape her disapproving family but soon find their new life is not the idyll they had expected. Nil GünalHakan YufkacigilMurat MusluAhmet OzarslanBora Cengiz, and Atilla Pekoz star. Blind Pictures produced.

This year, the Academy received a record 83 submissions, with Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama being first time entrants. 

On January 15 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce which five films have been nominated from all of the international entries to go forward in the final line-up to compete for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy Awards will take place on February 22.

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