Vanuatuan film nominated for Oscar
A Vanuatuan film called “Tanna” has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the upcoming Academy Awards next Sunday, February 26.
Tanna is a romance movie set on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu. The movie follows the story of a Vanuatuan boy and girl who decide to marry despite their parent’s disapproval. Tanna has been described as the Pacific Islands version of Romeo and Juliet.
The movie was shot entirely in Vanuatu and in the native Vanuatuan languages of Nauvhal and Nafe. The main actors, Marie Wawa and Mungau Dain, were locally casted.
The movie has already won numerous awards including the Audience Award Pietro Barzisa at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, Best Foreign Film at the African-American Film Critics Association, and Best Original Music Score at the AACTA Awards.
Meanwhile, Disney’s “Moana” has also been nominated for an Oscar, for best Animated Film.