Next Sunday (9/2), Brazil could win an unprecedented Oscar with the controversial documentary Democracy in Vertigofrom the filmmaker Petra Costa. The film, which chronicles the process that culminated in the impeachment of the president Dilma Rousseff, will have as its main competitor the story of a beekeeper in conflict with its neighbors in a village in Macedonia.
For Pedro Butcher, professor of cinema at ESPM Rio, directed by Tamara Kotevska, he is the strongest competitor to win the Oscar of the category in 2020.
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In addition to competing for the statuette in the Documentary category, he competes for the award for Best Foreign Film with the South Korean, acclaimed by critics and the public and the only foreign competitor to the main category of the night: Best Film. And therein lies the main asset of.
has a high chance of losing the award for Best Foreign Film to, which increases your chances in the other category in which you compete. But it is important to say that Best Documentary is one of Oscar’s most unpredictable categories throughout history. Anything can happen.”
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In addition to and, they compete for the American Industry award, produced by former presidential couple Barack and Michelle Obama, and, Syrian films that chronicle the daily lives of a country devastated by war – a fact that gives these films a political-sentimental appeal.
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As much as they have a strong political component. Although the Academy is mostly Democratic, it tends not to like to take a stand on controversial political issues. (And controversy is what has not been lacking in the debate about Petra Costa’s work). The other three contestants follow the line of the journalistic documentary.
Where to watch the documentary?
You can watch the documentary Democracy in Vertigo on the streaming platform Netflix. Check out the trailer: