The award-winning Italian docu-drama about inmates reciting Shakespeare is in the running for Oscar contention. 
Camillo de Marco

27 Sep 2012 - 8:01 AM  UPDATED 27 Sep 2012 - 8:01 AM

The Selection Committee in charge of selecting the Italian film to be considered for nomination at the Academy Awards, having been invited to do so by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has chosen Caesar Must Dieby Paolo e Vittorio Taviani, to be in the running for Best Foreign Language Film.

“We were on our way to the New York Film Festival when news reached us. It really is a beautiful journey,” said the directors. “Still, the game has only just begun.”

Winning the Golden Bear in Berlin last February, the Taviani brothers' film was produced by Kaos by Grazia Volpi. It was also recipient of five David di Donatello awards – for best film, director, producer, editing and sound – as well as the Silver Ribbon of the Year. Brought to Italian movie theatres last March by Nanni Moretti's Sacher, as of September 12, the film had grossed € 730,713. It is Italy's most successful export this year, having already been sold in 73 different countries.

The Academy will be announcing nominations next January 10, while 24 February 2013 will mark the actual award ceremony.

Translated from Italian

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