Netflix’s Lionheart, directed by and starring Genevieve Nnaji, will be entered for Oscars consideration for Best International Feature Film. It will be Nollywood’s first international feature that will receive such a distinction.
According to Screen Daily, the film will also be among the first submissions entered into the category under its new name. The category was formerly called Best Foreign Language Film.
Lionheart made its international debut in 2018 at TIFF. Nnaji stars as Adaeze, who takes over her father’s company amid a landscape full of male-dominated businesses. The film also stars Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu and Kalu Ikeagwu.
Lionheart isn’t the only African film that will be entered for Oscars consideration. Mati Diop’s Atlantics has also been chosen to represent Senegal. Other African films up for consideration include Papicha by Mounia Meddour (Algeria), Poisonous Roses by Fawzi Saleh (Egypt), Running Against The Wind by Jan Philipp Weyl (Ethiopia), Azali by Kwabena Gyansah (Ghana), Subira by Ravneet Chadha (Kenya), Adam by Maryam Touzani (Morocco), Knuckle City by Jahmil XT Qubeka (South Africa), Dear Son by Mohamed Ben Attia (Tunisia) and Kony, Order From Above by Steve T. Ayeny (Uganda).
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