The Mexican film “Ya No Estoy Aquí” (“I’m No Longer Here”) has been shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 93rd Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, the academy announced Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Director Fernando Frías’ feature film will represent Mexico in the 2020 Academy Awards competition for best international film for 2020.
In all, 15 films were selected from a total of 93 eligible films and will advance to the next round of voting in the International feature film category.
The shortlist for best international feature film also includes “Another Round” (Denmark), “Better Days (China), “Charlatan” (Czech Republic), “Collective” (Romania), “Dear Comrades!” (Russia), “Hope” (Norway), “La Llorona” (Guatemala), “The Mole Agent” (Chile), “Night of the Kings” (Côte d’Ivoire), “Quo Vadis, Aida?” (Bosnia and Herzegovina), “Sun Children” (Iran), “Two of Us” (France) and “The Man Who Sold His Skin” (Tunisia).
The plot of “Ya No Estoy Aquí” centers around the life of a criminal gang member who flees Mexico to New York but later feels a strong pull to return to the gang.
Frías’ powerful drama first premiered in late 2019 at the Morelia Film Festival, where it won both the feature film competition award and the audience award.
Netflix acquired worldwide rights to the film and debuted it on the platform in May of 2020.
On Wednesday, the academy released its nomination shortlists in nine categories, including best documentary feature, best documentary short subject, best makeup and hairstyling, best music (original score), best music (original song), best animated short film, best live action short film and best visual effects.
According to academy sources, voting will begin on March 5 and conclude on March 10, before the final nominations are announced on March 15.
The 93rd Oscars ceremony has been postponed to April 25 as a result of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.
…Feb. 11, 2021
OS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) --