Director Hany Abu-Assad hopes on Oscar nomination
The Dutch-Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad is happy that his film The Idol this year, the Palestinian entry for the Oscars. That let him know in a comment on the news.
It is the third time that Abu-Assad (54) the opportunity to win the prestigious statuette; previously knew Paradise Now and Omar, nominated in the prizes.
“But there is still a long way to go”, meaning he is right. “The level of entries is high, very high. Verhoeven is submitted by France, Paula van der Oest represents the Netherlands, Asghar Farhadi creates an opportunity on behalf of Iran, Xavier Dolan is doing for Canada, Mohammed Diab has a Crash for Egypt is a great movie. And so it goes on. But a man can always hope!”
Abu-Assad is coming soon, in Vancouver, an English-language film run with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in the lead roles. The Mountains Between Us tells the story of a couple who crashes in the mountains and must try to survive there. “It’s a love story that to me is very dear,” says the director. “I hope it is what I have in mind, and that it is well received.”
The Idol tells the true story of Mohammed Assaf. The Palestinian singer won the 2013 Arab Idol. He traveled from a refugee camp in the Gaza strip to Egypt to participate in the talent show.
It is the first time in history that three Dutch directors at the same time be submitted for the Oscars.