The Orator (O Le Tulafale) submitted for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars

An Academy approved Selection Committee announced today that The Orator (O Le Tulafale) has been submitted for consideration as Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Academy Awards in Febuary.
The Samoan language feature film funded by the New Zealand Film Commission, was written and directed by debut feature film maker Tusi Tamasese.
The Academy invites countries to select and submit its best foreign language motion picture for consideration.  Selection of the picture must be made by a committee that includes esteemed artists from the country’s motion picture industry.   The New Zealand Oscar Selection Committee is composed of Sir Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Ngila Dickson, Grant Major, Keisha Castle-Hughes, David Coulson, Graeme Mason and John Toon.
Making the announcement Graeme Mason said “This is the first time New Zealand has submitted a film for consideration for the Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards.  The selection of this film by a committee of such calibre is a further endorsement of the special qualities of this beautiful film and could provide a terrific platform for Tusi’s career as a filmmaker.”
This is the latest honour recently accorded to The Orator since its world premiere earlier this month at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival where it screened in the Orizzonti Competition section of the Festival.  At the Festival’s closing ceremony, The Orator received a Special Mention from the Orizzonti Jury; the Art Cinema Award from the CICAE Jury of the Festival; and the CinemAvvenire Best Film.
The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards® will be announced in Hollywood on Tuesday. 24th January 2012.
The Orator has been financed by the New Zealand Film Commission with assistance from the Government of Samoa.  It was released in New Zealand by Transmission Films, on Thursday, 6th October.
For more information please contact Jasmin McSweeney, NZ Film, Tel: +64 4 382


  1. lilly says:

    Saw the film last night at brisbane international film festival. Beautiful film and message behind it! Incredible storyline. Made me laugh, cry and smile. A film for everyone. Congratulations Tamasese! Thank you Orator & film crew.. Thank you NZ film transmission :) )

  2. David Tiley says:

    The Orator does have a producer, you know. Catherine Fitzgerald. The film was made through her production company, Blueskin Films. I am surprised that NZ Film did not mention the fact.

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