The Miner (Slovene: Rudar) is a 2017 Slovenian drama film written and directed by born in Warsaw Hanna Antonina Wojcik Slak. Based on the true story of Bosnian-born Mehmedalija Alić and his autobiography.
This film depicts a Bosnian miner who emigrated to Slovenia. In an abandoned mine he finds bodies of thousands of executed victims of post-World War II reprisal killings.
His employer, wanting to sell the mine, pressures him to keep quiet, but he risks his job by alerting police.
- Boris Cavazza
- Jure Henigman
- Leon Lučev
- Tin Marn
- Marina Redzepovic
At the Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorose, The Miner won the Vesna Awards for Best Director, Best Actor for Lučev, and Best Editing for Vladimir Gojun.
Miner is Slovenia’s 21st foreign-language Oscar submission since the country became independent in 1991. None of the previous entries were nominated. Slovenia’s 2008 submission, Rooster’s Breakfast, became the highest-grossing Slovenian film of all time. Before 1993, Slovenia was a republic of Yugoslavia. In 1961, The Ninth Circle shot in Serbo-Croatian and representing Yugoslavia became the first and only film directed by a Slovenian to be nominated for an Oscar.
See here the trailer and read more about the movie and its director: http://beta.hannaslak.com/portfolio/the-miner/
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956. This year record number of 92 films have been submitted for consideration in this year’s foreign-language Oscar race.
Among the first-time entrants are Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal, and Syria.
The Miner did not manage to get shortlisted. From the longlist, nine finalists were shortlisted in late 2017, with the final five nominees scheduled to be announced on 23 January 2018.
Shortlisted films are:
Chile, A Fantastic Woman
Germany, In the Fade
Hungary, On Body and Soul
Lebanon, The Insult
South Africa, The Wound
Sweden, The Square
The Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4 2018 and will be broadcast live to more than 225 countries.
Sources; Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Wikipedia
Images: poster and screen photos of film clips from YouTube
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