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Mstyslav Chernov's "20 Days in Mariupol" is nominated for an "Oscar" in two categories

The documentary film 20 Days in Mariupol by journalist and founder of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers Mstyslav Chernov was shortlisted for the Oscars in two categories at once: "Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature. On December 21, 2023, the American Film Academy published a list of films shortlisted for the Oscars in ten categories. "The shortlists are in two categories. Documentary and International Film. Thank you all. We remember everyone. Take care of yourselves. We will continue to work," Mstyslav Chernov commented on the news on Facebook.  

Together with Mstyslav Chernov, photographer Evgeniy Maloletka and producer Vasilisa Stepanenko worked on the film. The journalists arrived in Mariupol just a few hours before the full-scale Russian invasion. In March 2022, Mstyslav Chernov and his colleagues from the Associated Press were the only international team of journalists working in Mariupol and sending stories from there. The documentary shows the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, the life of civilians in Mariupol under siege, the bombing of a maternity hospital and residential areas of the city, as well as mass graves. The team shot all the footage during their 20-day stay in Mariupol.

Photo: Evgeniy Maloletka

The film premiered in Ukraine at the Docudays UA festival, where "20 Days in Mariupol" became the best film in the national competition and won the Audience Award. The film was also screened at "Sandens", one of the main independent film festivals in the United States, in the World Cinema Documentary Competition section.

Another documentary about the war in Ukraine was shortlisted for the "Best Documentary Feature" category at the 96th Academy Awards. The film "From Where to Where" was made by Polish director Maciek Hamela in co-production with Frenchman Jean-Marie Guigon and Ukrainian Anna Palenchuk. The film tells the story of Ukrainian refugees evacuated by the director from the frontline territories after a full-scale attack by the Russian Federation.

It should be reminded that the short lists are used to form the "Oscar" nominations. The results will be announced on January 23 next year, and the ceremony will take place on March 10.


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