Find out about Arabic films competing in the Oscar 2020


Lamia Raafat

The Academy of Motion Picture Science and Arts known as the Oscars announced its list of nominations for its ninety-second session, which will be held on February 10. This list contains a pleasant surprise for the Arab world, with three Arab films, two from Syria and one from Tunisia.

It is remarkable in the Arab audience this year that The candidate films were not in the category of Best International Film or Best Film from a language other than English, meaning that their countries did not send them to represent them in the Official Film Competition other than English.

It is also noted that two of them are two feature films and one short feature film, which means the absence of the feature Arabic feature film from the competition this year, after the nomination of the movie “Kafr Nahum” last year.

The two Syrian films deal with a similar theme, the Syrian war, and in this report we single out space for these three films that represent Arabs at the most important cinematic awards ceremony ever.

the cave
The film takes us to an underground cave in the Syrian Ghouta, where we learn about Doctor Amani and the rest of the staff of this primitive hospital, who are trying to save the lives of those who can under very harsh conditions.

The film not only presents a sad image of post-war Syria, but also a close look at this brave Syrian woman, who has chosen to leave her family to do her noble work – a doctor in a shortage of doctors – and despite this she suffers from male racism towards her, even her patients attack her because Place the woman home.

The film was marked by an honest attempt to convey the conditions in which the residents live, and how the hospital was managed under those conditions, without forcing the viewer to shed tears in a cliche manner.

“The Cave”, directed by Fares Al-Fayed, which was co-written with the left Hassan, and the film was shown in several festivals, including the Toronto Film Festival, where he won the audience choice award for the best documentary, and various other prizes at various festivals he participated in, and received 96% rated on Rotten Tomato site out of 52 reviews.

For samas sake
The movie “For Sama” ( For SamaA Syrian documentary directed by Waed Al-Khatib, who also played the role of the narrator, and produced Wad and Edward Watts. The film focuses on the experience of promising the young mother in Aleppo during the war, as she resists to keep her daughter alive, while chronicling the post-2011 events in Syria via her camera.

The film premiered at the “South Southwest” festival where it won the Best Documentary Award from the Jury and the Viewers’ Award, and was then shown in several international festivals, but entered history when it was nominated for four BAFTA Awards, to be the most documentary film that received nominations in This prestigious award.

The film initially got a 100% rating on the site of Rotten Tomatoes from sixty critical reviews, but this number subsequently fell to 99%, and many critics have described it as an intimate, heart-breaking movie, illustrating the difficult choices in which the Syrian citizen was placed.

two brothers
The third film that received an Oscar nomination is the Tunisian movie “Brotherhood” written and directed by Maryam Jabour. The first film was presented at the Toronto Film Festival, where it won the Best Film Award, then in many other festivals and events, including the Cairo Film Festival, And he won the Youssef Chahine Award for Best Short Film.

The film takes place in one of the Tunisian villages, where a family consisting of a middle-aged father and mother and their children live, and one day there is a surprise that shakes this family, with the return of the absent old son years ago, to discover that the young man escaped from his family to join an Islamic group, and did not communicate With his parents since his escape.

To return now with a young wife, the parents discover that she is a fleeing Syrian, and between the father’s refusal to the presence of the son who considered him a handicap and a danger to the rest of his children, and the mother welcoming the absentee, the film’s plot increases unexpectedly.

The film was characterized by a wonderful performance, from the entire cast, especially the father who was played by the actor Qais Ayar. The escalation of events largely depended on the silent performance of the actors, in the absence of a clear dialogue, as well as maintaining an atmosphere of excitement during the 25 minutes that represented the age of the work.

Oscars celebrate this year its 92nd session on the tenth of February next, when filmmakers around the world meet to choose and honor the best productions of the year, and prizes gain their importance mainly because they come within the vote of a large number of filmmakers around the world, with a number exceeding seven thousand members Members of the Academy, and their artistic level ranges from actors, directors, writers, photographers, producers and other filmmakers.

Although Arab cinema did not receive prizes last year from the nomination of two films, “Kafr Nahum” and “On Parents and Children”, the three Arab films this year may carry unexpected surprises for everyone.


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