Letters from War goes to Hollywood

Photo from Letter From War movie

The movie representing Portugal in the race for the 2017 Academy Awards will be Ivo M Ferreira’s epistolary drama and LUX Official Selection title Letters from War. At the same time, the Academy of Portuguese Film has also announced that the film has been submitted to the Goya Awards, where it may earn itself a nomination in the Best Ibero-American Film category.

The black-and-white film sold internationally by The Match Factory, which became one of the most hotly anticipated local productions of the year following its world premiere, in competition at the latest Berlinale, finally hit Portuguese screens on 1 September, and it has now added these submissions for the two prestigious awards to its CV.

Starring newcomer Miguel Nunes and Margarida Vila-Nova, Letters from War is an adaptation of the book by Portuguese author António Lobo Antunes, which collates the letters he sent to his pregnant wife when, as a young soldier, he was sent to the Colonial War in Africa.

The film will also be seen at the LUX Film Days, which will take the three LUX Film Prize finalists (Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, Claude BarrasMy Life as a Courgette and Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes), and some titles from its Official Selection to the 28 European Union member countries, to special screenings and festivals, subtitled in 24 different languages.

The LUX Film Prize winner will be announced on 23 November, while the nominations for the 89th edition of the Academy Awards will be announced on 24 January 2017; and the ceremony will take place on 29 February. No date has yet been announced for the upcoming Goyas ceremony. Letters from War might go to Hollywood (and Madrid)!