The 93rd Academy Awards will take place on the 25 April 2021, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, during which the American Film Academy will distribute awards in 23 categories.
The vote took place between the 2 and 15 November for the four films that had been previously selected – “Listen”, “Mosquito”, “Patrick” and “Vitalina Varela” – and “Listen” was the most voted film among members of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema (APC).
The President of APC, Paulo Trancoso, said that “any of the four nominees would be a worthy representative of Portugal, but the choice of a first work that conquered Venice, one of the most important film festivals in the world, and that quickly became the most seen Portuguese film of the year despite the pandemic. This reveals a vote of hope in the talent of Portuguese filmmakers who are becoming increasingly recognised across borders and adored by the national public.”
“Listen”, the first fiction feature film by Ana Rocha de Sousa, is inspired by a real story about a Portuguese family who emigrated to London, whose children are taken into social service for suspected ill-treatment. The narrative follows the family’s efforts to prove that suspicions are unfounded in the face of British social and judicial systems.
With Portuguese-British co-production, the film was shot on the outskirts of London with a Portuguese and English cast, headed by Lúcia Moniz, Ruben Garcia and Sophia Myles.
“Listen” had its world premiere in September at the Venice Film Festival in Italy, where the director won six awards, including The Lion of the Future, for a first work, and the special jury prize of the “Horizons” competition.