01/23/2018.- Hollywood’s Academy announced this Tuesday the full list of the Oscar 2018 nominations, which this year includes The Insult, by Lebanese-born director Ziad Doueiri, in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film was the winner of the Audience Award in last year’s edition of Seminci, where it was presented by Doueiri himself. The Insult portrays the confrontation between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee, both of whom end up in court after exchanging abusive terms.
The story is based on real events that happened to the filmmaker when a construction worker insulted him after Doueiri inadvertently threw some water over him: an argument trigger and an illustration of what the director had experienced “for 40 years in Beirut”. “I simply wanted to write a story about two people who show aggressiveness to each other and ultimately discover that they have a number of things in common,” explained the Lebanese director during a press conference with the media that took place in the course of the Valladolid Festival in October 2017.
The insult’s other four contenders in the Oscar race will be: Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman (Chile); Ruben Östlund’s The Square (Sweden); Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless (Russia); and Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body and Soul (Hungary). Doueiri’s is not the only film screened in Seminci that has just become an Oscar nominee, since Belgian director Agnès Varda will be competing for the Best Documentary award with her film Faces, Places, which she co-directed with artist and photographer JR. Faces, Places also screened in the Time of History section of the Valladolid Festival’s 62nd edition, which took place last October.
In turn, Emily V. Gordon and Kumali Nanjiani have been nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Sick, a movie directed by American filmmaker Michael Showalter and the winner of last year’s top prize in the festival’s section named Young Seminci ex aequo with John Carey’s Sing Street. Both features scored 4.43 points on a scale of 1 to 5. The list of nominated films having screened at the Valladolid International Film Festival is complete with Best Live Action Short Film nominee The Eleven O’clock, by Australian director Derin Seale, which also entered in the 2016 edition’s programme grid.