Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel’s VERA, starring Vera Gemma, is the Austrian entry to the 2024 Oscar race for Best International Feature Film.
VERA, winner of the Best Film and Best Actress award at the Venice Orizzonti competition, has so far attended over 50 festivals
and garnered more than ten prestigious international and national awards.
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In VERA, Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel have sensitively elaborated their narrative genre on the fine line between fiction
and reality. Inspired by the life of actress Vera Gemma, the film interweaves the portrait of a glamourous woman with the
merciless social realities of a big city;
Jury statement: Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel show us a film that moves the audience. VERA creates its own genre and is characterized by internationality,
authenticity and truthfulness. The viewers are drawn close to an extraordinary person, we get an insight into a world whose
glory days we can only imagine, whose dark sides we experience first hand. The film, shot with a minimal team and reduced
means, tells a multi-layered story about a very contemporary topic. The creative realization is sophisticated, captivates
with originality, unconventionality as well as artistic power and thus makes a highly regarded cinematic statement.
The 96th Oscars will be unveiled on March 10, 2024
Shorlists announcement: December 21, 2023
Nominations announcement: January 23, 2024