Oscars 2024: Tunisia Picks Kaouther Ben Hania’s ‘Four Daughters’ for International Feature Category

Ben Hania’s last feature, ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin,’ made the Oscar shortlist in 2021.

Kaouther Ben Hania’s “Four Daughters” is the film that will represent Tunisia at the 96th Academy Awards for Best International Film «Oscars» 2024.

According to the rules for the 2024 Oscar nominations, candidate films must have been released in their country of origin between December 1, 2022 and October 31, 2023. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced on December 21 and a shortlist of five films will be announced in early January 2024.

In a statement, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image (CNCI) announced that the film nominated for the 2023 Oscars was selected on Thursday August 31 by a national jury composed of Makhlouf ben Hafsia, Khadija Lemkacher, Afef Ben Mahmoud, Leila Bouzid, Alaedddine Slim and Mokhtar Laajimi.

This is Ben Hania’s second film to represent Tunisia at the Oscars. Her fourth feature film, The Man Who Sold His Skin, made the shortlist of 15 films for the 93rd Academy Awards.

The film focuses on a mother, Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters, two of which disappeared as teenagers, with evidence suggesting they had left to join Islamic State in Libya. Ben Hania hired professional actresses to play the two missing daughters, who interact with the rest of the family,

creating a docu-fiction hybrid, as a way of exploring the family’s trauma. Four Daughters won the Golden Eye prize for the best documentary in Cannes, sharing it with Asmae El Moudir’s film The Mother of All LiesFour Daughters will also be submitted to the Oscars in the best documentary category.


Related posts