Switzerland puts forward 'Eldorado' for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars
Director Markus Imhoof's refugee drama will compete with other films for a place on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' shortlist for the coveted prize.
The documentary follows the current refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, starting from the point of view of a 14-year-old refugee girl adopted by the director's family during World War II.
"Markus Imhoof has produced an engaging documentary, which deals with today's global humanitarian crisis by linking it with his personal story. Going beyond the images that travel around the world every day, 'Eldorado' is a shocking drama that cannot be overlooked," the five-person Swiss jury said in a statement clarifying its selection.
Imhoof's film recently screened at Locarno Festival and premiered at the 2018 Berlinale in Germany's capital Berlin, where it received a special mention in the Amnesty International Film Prize.