The Danish Oscar Committee has announced that animated documentary Flee (Flugt), directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, will be submitted as its entry for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.
Flee is the extraordinary true story of Amin, on the verge of a marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time. This secret that he has been hiding for over twenty years threatens to ruin the life he has built for himself which began with a dramatic journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan to Denmark.
Director of the Danish Film Institute, Claus Ladegaard, said: “Flee is the haunting and inventive story of a refugee and his journey. About the enormous price that people in his position pay every day, even in a safe haven. Jonas Poher Rasmussen directs with tremendous empathy, and Amin’s story is hard to shake.”
“The film’s finely balanced use of animation, music and live action gives us a real sense of the horror and cynicism of Amin’s journey to Europe – while not ignoring the beauty, humour and hope of his story. This makes Flee an unusually nuanced film with social and existential depth.”
“The reception of Flee has been overwhelming since it premiered at Sundance, and more prominent North American festivals have selected the film. Now, its US theatrical release is coming shortly via Oscar-winning distributor Neon. This kind of visibility and backing carries significant weight in the Oscar race. The committee is convinced that Flee can continue its impressive international journey on the back of its powerful theme and original form.”
The 94th Academy Awards will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during a gala ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday 27th March 2022. A shortlist of fifteen films will be announced by the Academy on 21st December 2021 and the final five nominees will be revealed on 8th February 2022.