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Posted On: 23 January 2019 11:57 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:02 pm

Two DFI films nominated for Oscars 2019

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Doha Film Institute (DFI) co-financed films, 'Capharnaum' and 'Of Fathers and Sons,' have both been nominated for Oscars 2019—the most prestigious award-giving body for movies in the world.

Much acclaimed Arabic movie Capharnaum from Lebanon, directed by Nadine Labaki and co-financed by DFI, is officially nominated for a Best Foreign Language category. The film had won the Best Film award at the sixth Ajyal Film Festival held last month in Doha.

Meanwhile, it was a major accomplishment for Syrian cinema, 'Of Fathers and Sons,' a recipient of a DFI grant, to score an Oscar nomination for the Best Documentary Feature category.

This affecting and disturbing documentary, made by Talal Derki, German-based director of Syrian origin, demonstrates that jihadism is a learned behaviour—one that in some arenas is being handed down with paternal authority to vulnerable minds.

The Doha Film Institute, on Instagram, proudly listed its 4 key milestones in the Oscars game in the last five years:

  1. First Arab film organization to score two Oscar nominations for two of its supported films in one year—a milestone they've accomplished twice (2016 for THEEB and MUSTANG and 2019 for CAPHARNAUM and OF FATHERS AND SONS)
  2. First Arab film organization to score Oscar nominations for five consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019)
  3. First Arab film organization to support two Arab films which scored Oscar nominations in the same year (Lebanon's CAPHARNAUM and Syria's OF FATHERS AND SONS)
  4. First Arab film organization to receive 7 Oscar nominations in just 5 years thanks to 7 of its supported films (Timbuktu, The Salesman, Loving Vincent, Theeb, Mustang, Capharnaum and Of Fathers and Sons)

The nominees were unveiled yesterday (January 22) in key categories for the 91st Academy Awards, which will be handed out on February 24 in Los Angeles, California's Dolby Theater.

Aren't you guys proud for this new accolade that Qatar's thriving film industry has achieved? It'd be nice to finally take home a golden statuette for either one of the two 2019 nominees, right? Or why not both? If you agree, leave us a line in the comments and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!

(Cover image source: Hollywood Reporter)