The film, The Metamorphosis of Birds (2020), by Portuguese director Catarina Vasconcelos, is among the 93 films, selected by the Hollywood Academy, to be included in the official list of candidates for the 2022 Oscar nomination for Best International Film.
The Metamorphosis of Birds, Catarina Vasconcelos’ first feature film, was world premiered in February 2020, at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, awarded the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film at the Encounters Section.
The narrative is a cross between documentary and fiction inspired by family memories. It starts with childhood and youth memories of several family members, but Catarina Vasconcelos fills some narrative spaces with fiction and an aesthetic imagery that combines painting, photography, staged compositions, full of symbolism.
Produced by Pedro Duarte and Joana Gusmão, it had financial support from the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual, Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
According to the distributor, The Metamorphosis of Birds was in 2020 “the Portuguese film with the most appearances in festivals around the world and the most awarded,” recognized with distinctions by audiences and critics from several countries.
The 94th Academy Awards ceremony, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best films released since March 1, 2021. It is scheduled to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, on March 27, 2022. The nominees will be announced on February 8.