By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 21, 2011 at 2:49AM
The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) announced that Juanita Wilson's As If I Am Not There is Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category for the 2012 Academy Awards.
As If I Am Not There joins Wim Wenders’s Pina (Germany), Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre (Finland), Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse (Hungary), Anne Sewitsky's Happy Happy (Norway) and others as foreign language contenders submitted for Oscar consideration. IndiewIRE is keeping an updated list of films submitted for the Foreign Language Academy Award.
As If I Am Not There is an atmospheric and moving feature debut from Irish director and writer Juanita Wilson (trailer posted below). The movie, based on a book by Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulic, follows a young woman from Sarajevo, who is rounded up with other women from her village and imprisoned in a warehouse in Bosnia during the Balkan War of the 1990s.
Although the film takes place in the Balkans, primarily using the Serbo-Croatian language, the creative direction comes from Ireland, with Wilson and producer James Flynn at the helm. The European Film Awards named As If I Am Not There as an Official Selection and it won three top Awards at the IFTA Ceremony earlier this year.