Cake, is arguably one of the best Pakistani movies made in this era, and now the film is set to be submitted to make an appearance in the nominations for an Oscar award!
The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee, chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, has selected Cake to be submitted for Oscar consideration in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 91st Academy Awards.
Set in Karachi, Cake follows the story of two sisters, one of whom lives abroad and the other is left behind. Burdened with guilt and resentments, the sisters confront old secrets and realize that sometimes the only way for a family to move on, is by finding a way back. The film stars leading Pakistani actors, Sanam Saeed, Aamina Sheikh and Adnan Malik in pivotal roles and is the debut feature for writer/director Asim Abbasi, while it was produced by Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari.
Talking about the news, Abbasi shares,
I am extremely honoured to have Cake representing Pakistan this year, and grateful to the selection committee for considering it worthy. My deepest gratitude for my Cake family, who worked so hard and with so much belief to bring this film to the audiences. 2018 is proving to be a great year for Pakistani cinema. May it continue to grow and may we always find the courage and the vision to tell our stories our own way.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is set to choose the final nominees for all award categories including Best Foreign Language Film in January 2019.
The complete and final list of the Oscar nominees will be announced on January 22, 2019 with the presentation show for the 91st Academy Awards scheduled to take place on February 24, 2019.