“It just doesn’t make sense”: Russia boycotts the Oscars 2023

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“Just don’t make sense”
Russia boycotts the 2023 Oscars

No Russian film will compete for the prestigious trophy at next year’s Oscars. The Russian Film Academy apparently decides on a short official channel. There is a layoff.

The Russian Film Academy has announced that it will not submit works for the “Best Foreign Film” category for the upcoming Oscars on March 12, 2023. The decision could be seen as another sign of the widening divide between the two nations since Vladimir Putin earlier this year. years gave the order to attack Ukraine.

The chairman of Russia’s Oscar nomination committee announced his resignation in a letter on Tuesday after calling the decision “illegal” and “taken behind his back”. “The leadership of [Film-]academy [Russlands] unilaterally decided not to nominate any Russian film for an Oscar nomination,” writes Pavel Chuchray in a letter from the state news agency TASS.

It is the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union that Russia has not submitted a film for the Best International Film category. Russia won the 1994 trophy for director Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burn by the Sun.

“Just don’t make sense”

Mikhalkov, 76, who heads the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, has now become a vocal supporter of Putin and has emerged as one of the country’s most vocal pro-war supporters. Even before the boycott was officially announced, Mikhalkov told Tass that Russia had nothing to gain from attending this year’s Oscars.

“It seems to me that it just doesn’t make sense to choose a film that represents Russia in a country that in reality denies the existence of Russia,” he said – proposing to create an equivalent prize instead. for countries in the post-Soviet space. Most recently, Russian films that were arguably government-funded were banned from several film festivals. On the other hand, most organizers rejected a general boycott of Russian works.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has further divided the country’s cultural scene and many prominent directors have emigrated. Among them are Kantemir Balagov and Kira Kovalenko, two directors whose films were submitted by the Russian Film Academy for the 2019 and 2021 Oscars. critic of the invasion of Ukraine, placed on a wanted list.

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