Oscar 2017 Predictions: Kosovo submits the Karlovy Vary Selection 'Home Sweet Home' For the Academy Awards
"Home Sweet Home" by Faton Bajraktari will represent Kosovo at the Academy Awards this year. The film had its world premiere at the karlovy Vary Film Festival where it scored rave reviews.
"Home Sweet Home" tells the story of Agron who was long considered dead when his army buddies saw him die during the Kosovo conflict. However, when he returns home his life changes in ways he did not expect.
Kosovo has a very short history with the Academy as it submitted its first film in 2014. That film was "Three Windows and a Hanging." Last year it submitted "Babai," a film that premiered at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. However, neither film was nominated for the Oscar.
Kosovo could make history with the film "Home Sweet Home" but first it must compete against a number of other European films with higher profiles. These include "Toni Erdmann," "Julieta," "House of Others," "Sieranevada," "The Ardennes," "Chevalier" and "Mother." Other films that will also be strong competitors include "El Clasico," "From Afar" and "Neruda."
The Academy is known for choosing some of the most critically acclaimed films out of the festival circuit. Most films that win the category have distribution deals lined up out festivals and have buzz from the beginning of awards season. Recently "Son of Saul," "Ida," "The Great Beauty," and "The Secret in Their Eyes" won the Best Foreign language category.
The Foreign Language Film deadline to submit is Oct. 3. On Jan. 17 the Academy will announce the nine finalists from among the eligible films and on Jan. 24 nominations will be announced. The winner will be announced at the Oscar ceremony on Feb. 26.