BRATISLAVA: The crime thriller The Line / Čiara by Peter Bebjak has been chosen as the official candidate from Slovakia for an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The film broke the Slovak box office record on its opening weekend. Released on 3 August 2017, it had the strongest opening weekend in Slovak history with 69,242 admissions.
The story takes place at the Slovak-Ukrainian border and follows the head of a family, who is also leading a gang of criminals smuggling cigarettes across the border. The cast includes renowned Slovak actors such as Tomáš Maštalír, Emília Vášáryová, Andrej Hryc and Zuzana Fialová.
The film was produced by Slovakia‘s Wandal Production in coproduction with Ukraine‘s Garnet International Media Group, RTVS, HomeMedia Production and Martin Kohút. The budget of 1.3 m EUR was partially covered by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Creative Europe, the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and Bratislava Self-Governing Region.
The Line was awarded best director at the Karlovy Vary IFF.
The 90th Oscars will be held on 4 March 2018.