Canada will present Eternal Spring for the Oscar for best international film

The animated documentary was elected among the 16 productions submitted to the pan-Canadian selection committee, concluding that it was the film with the best chance of doing well throughout the race for the Oscarsays Christa Dickenson, Executive Director and CEO of Telefilm Canada.

eternal spring plunges moviegoers back 20 years, when the Chinese state television signal was hijacked by members of Falun Gong, a spiritual association formally banned in China.

It highlights the false narrativeaccording to the production, of the Chinese government, as well as the police raids carried out in the city of Changchun, in particular through the account of the Chinese cartoonist Daxiong (Justice LeagueStar Wars).

A Falun Gong follower himself, Daxiong went into exile in North America before settling in Seoul, South Korea several years later.

Eternal Spring (長春) reconstructs this unprecedented act of disobedience, relays poignant testimonies of the persecution and weaves the inspiring story of an unwavering determination to defend political and religious freedoms at all costssummarized in the press release.

This adventure represents an exceptional opportunity for “Eternal Spring” to reach new audiences and thus offers a golden opportunity to promote the high quality of Canadian cinematography. »

A quote from Christa Dickenson

Note that this is the first non-Quebec film selected to represent Canada in this category since 2007.

A first step taken

However, there are still several steps before eternal spring be selected for the 95e Oscar ceremony.

The film must first manage to sneak into a preliminary list of 15 productions, chosen from all the works received by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This list will be unveiled on December 21. The official selection of the five titles that will enter the arena for the ceremony will be announced on January 24, 2023.

Canada is the fifth country to submit its nomination for the best international film. By 2021, 92 countries had done so.

eternal spring has already been presented in several international festivals. Moviegoers can see it starting September 23 in theaters across the country.

The 95e Oscars will air on March 12, 2023.

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