Collective is the first ever Oscar nomination for Romania.
In a rare achievement the documentary about the fallout from a deadly nightclub fire was nominated in two categories on Monday.
Overall, there were 93 movies that were eligible for this year’s Academy Awards in the best international feature film category.
The five Oscar nominees were unveiled on Monday and Romania and Tunisia could celebrate earning their first-ever nods in the category.
Collective is a hard-hitting documentary about a 2015 nightclub fire in the Romanian capital that killed 64 and corruption in the healthcare industry. It also made the shortlist for the Oscar documentary race and earned a nomination in that category on Monday.
The Hollywood review of Alexander Nanau’s film about a sports newspaper launching an investigation into hospital corruption in the wake of a nightclub fire, wrote it was „an angry, unnerving expression of collective outrage.”
On Monday, commenting the double Oscar nominations, Mr Nanau told Variety said: “It is for sure an immense honor that the voters of the Academy nominated Collective” adding “given the story of citizens being crushed by corrupt and incompetent powers; that is a problem worldwide right now.”
In January, the 41-year-old director of acclaimed Romanian documentary rejected a medal from President Klaus Iohannis and slammed the government for failing the cultural sector during the coronavirus crisis.
Collective was nominated last week for a Bafta award.
Tunisia whose The Man Who Sold His Skin also became the country’s first-ever shortlisted film.
The other Oscar international feature nominees are Another Round (Denmark), Better Days (Hong Kong), and Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia/Herzegovina).
The Man Who Sold His Skin is filmmaker Kaother Ben Hania’s second fiction feature and is set in the art world, telling the story of a Syrian man desirous to get to Europe who accepts to become a canvas for a controversial contemporary artist.
The Oscars ceremony will take place on April 25.