An independent committee from the Palestine cinema sector, under the supervision of the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, submitted the film, “The Stranger”, for a nomination at the 94th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Oscars, in 2022, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
“The Stranger” was chosen as the first feature film by the promising director, Ameer Fakher Eldin, from the occupied Syrian Golan. It had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in September and won the Edipo Re Award for Best Film in the Competing Film Category.
Introducing our opening night film: 'The Stranger (Al Garib)' follows an unlicensed doctor in a small village in the occupied Golan Heights, as he goes through an existential crisis.
Screening for the first time in the UK at the Barbican on November 19. https://t.co/0mIcvUegQ3
— London Palestine Film Festival (@LPFFOfficial) October 12, 2021
The film will also participate in the Cairo International Festival as part of the International Critics Week that kicks off on November 26.
“The Stranger” takes place in a small village in the occupied Golan Heights. It tells the story of a desperate unlicensed doctor, who is going through an existential crisis and takes another unlucky turn when he encounters a man wounded in the war in Syria. Overturning all community expectations in times of war and national crisis, he ventures forth to meet his newly found destiny.
On Location in Golan Heights With Venice Film Entry ‘The Stranger’ (EXCLUSIVE) https://t.co/mI9TEFxNuy
— Variety (@Variety) September 6, 2021
The film presents the life of people under occupation in the Golan Heights and their separation from their motherland, Syria.
With this selection, Palestine has submitted 14 films to the Oscars to compete in the category of Best International Feature Film since 2003.
(WAFA, PC, Social Media)