BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s National Film Fund has selected “Just the Wind,” a film featuring a cast of amateur Roma actors, as the country’s entry for next year’s Academy Awards.
The Hungarian-German-French co-production directed by Bence Fliegauf won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival this year. It depicts a day in the life of a Roma family while their community is threatened by a series of deadly attacks.
Four men are on trial in Budapest charged with attacking Roma, or Gypsies, in nine Hungarian villages in 2008 and 2009. Six Roma were shot to death, including a 5-year-old boy, and many were injured.
The Oscar for best foreign film is awarded to one of five nominations selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from the international entries.