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Cake: Pakistan’s submission for ‘Foreign Language Film’ at Oscars

Cake, directed by Asim Abbasi, has been submitted for Oscar consideration in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 91st Academy Awards.

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 lives 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.

It has been produced by Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari.

Expressing his views on this news, Abbasi tells the media,”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 will choose the final nominees for all award categories including Best Foreign Language Film in January 2019.

The final list of 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.

Here’s congratulating and wishing Asim Abbasi and the entire team of Cake all the best!

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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