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‘20 Days in Mariupol’ by Mstyslav Chernov will represent Ukraine at the Oscars 2024

The Ukrainian Oscar Committee has announced Ukraine’s Oscar nominee. Mstyslav Chernov’s ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ will compete for the Best International Feature nomination in March

The film tells about the russian attack on the city on February 24, 2022, the bombing of residential neighborhoods and a maternity hospital, the people who lived and worked under the blockade of the city and how Chernov and his colleagues — photographer Yevhen Maloletka and journalist Vasylisa Stepanenko — managed to escape from the city surrounded by russian occupiers.

Mstyslav Chernov made all the footage during his 20-day stay in Mariupol.

Read our interview: ‘The director of 20 Days in Mariupol: We all accepted our deaths in a way’

In January 2023, ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered. The film participated in the competition program of the world cinema documentary.

In September, ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ became the highest-grossing Ukrainian documentary film in Ukrainian cinemas. 


Together with ‘20 Days in Mariupol’, four other Ukrainian films claimed to participate in the Oscars: ‘Iron Butterflies’ by Roman Liubyi, ‘Pamfir’ by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, ‘Boney Piles’ (Terykony) by Taras Tomenko and ‘SHTTL’ by Ady Walter. We told you more about the films in our article.

The winner was chosen by voting by members of the Ukrainian Oscar Committee, headed by Valentyn Vasyanovych.

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