Ciara Selected as Slovakia’s Nominee in 2018 Academy Awards Race

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Poster of 'Ciara', directed by Peter Bebjak (photo taken from the movie's Facebook page)

Bratislava, September 21 (TASR) – The Slovak Film and Television Academy (SFTA) has selected a drama called Ciara (The Line, 2017) from among 11 feature films as the national nominee for the category of best foreign language film at the 2018 Academy Awards in February, TASR has learnt from SFTA PR manager Peter Gasparik.

The movie about smugglers on the Slovak-Ukrainian border directed by Peter Bebjak won the best director award at the IFF Karlovy Vary competition shortly after its premiere this year. As many as 300,000 people have seen the film in Slovak cinemas since August.

The story of Ciara takes place shortly before Slovakia joined the Schengen area in 2007 and portrays the struggle faced by smuggler Adam Krajnak and his family for a dignified life on Slovakia’s border with Ukraine.

Among the films that competed with Ciara were, for example, Berlinale awarded movie ‘Piata lod’ (Little Harbour, 2017, by Iveta Grofova), one of the most popular Slovak movies of this year – political thriller ‘Unos’ (Kidnapping, 2017, by Mariana Cengel-Solcanska) as well as controversial documentary about Slovak pop singer Richard Muller ‘Nespoznany’ (This Is Not Me, 2016, by Miro Remo).