Greece has submitted the feature film Magnetic Fields by Yorgos Gousis as its official entry into the 95th Academy Awards to be held in Los Angeles on March 12 in the hope of winning the Oscar for best international feature, following a vote by the Hellenic Film Academy.
After meeting by chance, a man and a woman decide to embark on a road trip to bury a mysterious metal box in Gousis’ debut film, which picked up the best film, first-time director, screenplay and best actress prizes at the 2022 Iris film awards of the Hellenic Film Academy.
Gousis wrote the script with Elena Topalidou and Antonis Tsiotsiopoulos, who starred in the film, and it was produced by Yorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis’ their local powerhouse Heretic. Despite a strong local film industry, Greece has never won an international feature award from 40 previous entries but has secured five nominations, most recently in 2011 with Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth. World sales: Heretic
INTERNATIONAL FEATURE CATEGORY:
An international feature film is a feature-length motion picture produced outside the US with a predominantly (more than 50%) non-English dialogue track and can include animated and documentary features.
Submitted films must have been released theatrically in their respective countries between January 1, 2022, and November 30, 2022. The deadline for submissions to the Academy is October 3, 2022.
A shortlist of 15 finalists is set to be announced on December 21, with the final five nominees announced on January 24, 2022. The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.[Screendaily]