With JOY into the Oscar race

“A standout in this year’s Venice Days program”, wrote Variety, right after the world premiere of Sudabeh Mortezai´s second feature film at the Venice Film Festival 2018.
Now, one year on, it gleefully gives us great pleasure to announce that the Austrian Oscar committee has selected JOY by Sudabeh Mortezai as Austria´s blissful submission to the Oscar-nominations in the International Feature Film category.
The committee’s statement:
Sudabeh Mortezai captivates with an acrobat´s instinct for balancing the distance between an almost voyeuristic reality and her masterful work with the Nigerian, non-professional actors, who make the womens´ desperate situation so up-close-and-personally tangible.