The Assamese movie ‘Village Rockstars’ – India’s official entry in the category for the best foreign film met with a disappointing end in the Oscar 2019 race. The Rima Das movie couldn’t make the cut to final 8 of the nomination list.
The movie plot is based on a 10 year old poor Assamese girl who dreams of forming a band with the local boys. The film has already won in four categories in the National Film Awards 2018. It has won in Best Feature Film, Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing.
The final entrants that made it to the next level are Colombia’s Birds of Passage, Denmark’s The Guilty, Germany’s never Look Away, Japan’s Shoplifters, Kazakhstan’s Ayka, Lebanon’s Capernaum, Mexico’s Roma, Poland’s Cold War and South Korea’s Burning.
S V Rajendra Singh Babu of the Film Federation of India spoke on this loss, “For the Indian films to make it big in Oscars, lack of funds is the issue. Atleast 2 crores is required for promoting and presenting it to the Academy members”.