Oscars 2011 – Belgium

Article published on Feb. 1, 2011
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Article published on Feb. 1, 2011
While expectations were high that Olivier Masset-Depasse’s Illegal would make it onto the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar shortlist, there is good news instead in the short film category. Ivan Goldschmidt was overjoyed to see his film Na Wewe selected.
Although it isn’t the first time a Belgian film has been nominated in the category (Guido Thys’s Flemish film Tanghi Argentini was nominated in 2008), it is nonetheless a surprise to see Belgium once again take a nomination in a minor category at this prestigious ceremony.

Na Wewe sets itself the daring challenge of combining humour, suspense and emotion whilst looking at the genocide in the African Great Lakes region, a challenge the Oscars Academy seems to think it pulls off. In 1994, a Belgian government attaché is driven away in a taxi which is stopped by armed militia.

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