'Newton', unanimously selected by the Film Federation of India(IFFI) jury to represent the country at the 90th edition of the Academy Awards to be held in Los Angeles on March 4, 2018, is out of the race in the Best Foreign Language film category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the satire hasn't progressed to the top nine-film line-up despite winning accolades back home.
'A Fantastic Woman' (Chile), 'In The Fade' (Germany), 'On Body And Soul' (Hungary), 'Foxtrot' (Israel), 'The Insult' (Lebanon), 'Loveless' (Russia), 'Felicite' (Senegal), 'The Wound' (South Africa) and 'The Square' (Sweden) have made the cut and will proceed to the next round of voting.
Filmmaker CV Reddy, who headlined the committee that selected Newton, says, "We're still very proud of the choice we made. The rest is a film's own destiny." Supran Sen of the FFI, adds, "We thought that this was the best film on the table. Promoting it in the US is a producer's prerogative and responsibility. We can't help it if our entry is not chosen in the top five."
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