"Spitak" - Armenia’s submission for the 2019 Academy Awards has not been included in the Oscars shortlist.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars in nine categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects.
Nine films out of 87 submissions will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category. The films include “Birds of Passage” (Colombia), “The Guilty” (Denmark), “Never Look Away” (Germany), “Shoplifters” (Japan), “Ayka”(Kazakhstan), “Capernaum” (Lebanon), “Roma” (Mexico), “Cold War” (Poland), “Burning” (South korea).
The film is about an earthquake that devastated Armenia in 1988, but it’s not really about a natural disaster, according to the movie’s director, Alexander Kott.
According to him, the “film is a requiem.” “It’s about the memory, about finding yourself and your roots,” he says.
Instead of focusing on hysteria, panic and tears, Kott focuses on the hard physical and emotional work that follows.
At the center is protagonist, Gor (Lernik Harutyunyan), who returns to Spitak, the city that was at the quake’s epicenter, to find his wife and daughter, who he left behind to pursue a new life in Moscow.
What he finds are locals and their relatives struggling to find their loved ones — dead or alive — amid heaps of rubble, debris and bodies.
System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has scored the soundtrack.
December 7, 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the destructive earthquake. The earthquake hit 40% of the territory of Armenia, densely populated regions with 1 million people.