Nightclub fire victim Tedy Ursuleanu pictured during the documentary Collective. Photo: Samsa Film
Luxembourg co-produced documentary Collective on Monday was nominated for two Academy Awards, in the categories for best feature-length documentary and best international film.
The film was Romania’s entry for the international category. Directed by Alexander Nanau and co-produced by Samsa Film, it follows a group of journalists at a Romanian newspaper who uncover public healthcare fraud and corruption in the wake of a nightclub fire.
Collective premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. It won the 2020 European Film Award for best documentary, among other accolades, and is also a nominee in this year’s Bafta awards, the UK’s Oscars equivalent.
In the international film rubric, Collective will be up against Quo Vadis, Aida? The film--about the build-up to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre--on Saturday was awarded the Grand Prix and the critics’ award at this year’s Luxembourg City Film Festival.
The Baftas will be awarded on 11 April, with the Oscars ceremony hosted on 26 April.
Animated feature film Wolfwalkers, co-produced by Luxembourg’s Mélusine Productions and Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon, also secured a nomination. At the Golden Globes the film lost against Pixar’s Soul, which will also be competing for an Oscar.
Other nominees in the category include Disney’s Onward, Over the Moon and A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon.
French-Luxembourg drama Deux, however, didn’t make the nominees despite being shortlisted in February. The film--about a lesbian couple who have been hiding their relationship for decades--on 12 March won the best debut feature film tropy at the César awards.