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"Home" chosen as Oscar hopeful

The film Home by Geneva director Ursula Meier, starring French actress Isabelle Huppert, is Switzerland's candidate for the 2010 Academy Awards.

This content was published on September 20, 2009 - 10:54

In March it won Best Fiction Film at the Swiss Film Prize, Switzerland's equivalent of the Oscars, as well as the Best Screenplay gong and the Best Emerging Actor or Actress for its ten-year-old old star Kacey Mottet Klein.

Home – not to be confused with the aerial environmental documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand of the same name – tells of a family's peaceful existence in the middle of nowhere which is threatened when a motorway is opened only metres from their isolated house.

Refusing to move, Marthe, Michel and their three children find innovative ways to adapt to their new environment. But suspicions about the motorway's unknown long-term dangers cause family tension.

No Swiss actor or director has lifted an Oscar since Xavier Koller for his immigrant drama Journey of Hope, named Best Foreign Language Film in 1991.

Nominations will be announced on February 2 and the awards handed out on March 7.

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