The Russian Film Academy has decided not to nominate the film for the Oscar this year, according to the organization’s official website.
The question of Russia’s participation in the international competition has become acute in recent times. There was no consensus at the Film Academy regarding the nomination of a domestic film for an Oscar. As a result, the organization decided to withdraw from the competition.
“The personal composition of the commission for nominating a Russian film for the Academy Award “Oscar” in the nomination “Best Foreign Language Film” is formed and approved by the Presidium of the Russian Film Academy,” the message says.
The last time Russia had every chance to take the statuette was in 2015. Then the country was represented by Andrey Zvyagintsev’s picture “Leviathan”.