(JB) A Luxembourg movie maker will be walking down the red carpet at this year's Oscar's after “Chau, beyond the lines” was nominated for a coveted award.
Produced by Luxembourger Jerry Franck and directed by his wife, Courtney Marsh, the 2015 film follows Chau, a 16-year-old boy living in a Vietnamese camp for young people with disabilities caused by exposure to Agent Orange.
The moving documentary follows Chau's dreams of one day becoming a professional clothing designer while battling against prejudice.
"We had always hoped for such a thing, but that it would become a reality was simply unthinkable. We knew that the film could have a chance, but there is also a lot of competition,” Franck told the Luxemburger Wort in an interview.
The 29-year-old, who went to school in Luxembourg City and studied filmmaking in Columbia College, in the US, said that the nomination in itself was the “biggest success in our careers so far,” and will help to bring the film to a wider audience.
Thusfar the film has been screened at a number of festivals and cinemas in the US. It was awarded the Grand Jury Award at the Austin Film Festival.
The film was one of five nominated for an Oscar in the short documentary category, the winner of which will be announced at an official ceremony on February 28.
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