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TANNA, one of the films presented in Competition Section of the BRAVE: Forbidden CINEMA is 1 of 9 films shortlisted for the Foreign Language Film Award for the 89th Academy Awards!
Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
TANNA, dir. Bentley Dean, Martin Butler Australia, Vanuatu, 2015, 100 min
The story of this film could be seen as a new version of Romeo and Juliet, carried over into the setting of one of the Oceanic islands – the film's namesake, Tanna. It could be, had it not happened in the 1980s for real. The film's heroine, the beautiful Wawa, is given over to a neighboring tribe in order to maintain peace on the island. This happens against her will, however, as she is mutually in love with a warrior from her own village. The youths rebel against ancient traditions and taboos, setting against them their own great love. Respected Australian documentary-makers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler debut with a feature film, keeping an eye for detail, using non-professional actors and natural scenery. They share the legend of the Yakel tribe through this visually stunning film, full of color and eroticism, which was lauded during Critics' Week at last year's Venice Film Festival.