Oscars Race: Iraq Selects Haider Rashid’s Refugee Thriller ‘Europa’

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Oscars Race: Iraq Selects Haider Rashid’s Refugee Thriller ‘Europa’
Iraq has selected Haider Rashid’s refugee thriller “Europa” as its contender for best international feature film at the upcoming Academy Awards.

The film by Italy-based Rashid was partly financed by Iraq’s Ministry of Culture. “Europa” is about a young Iraqi man named Kamal who is caught by police after entering Europe through the border between Turkey and Bulgaria. He manages to escape into a wild forest underworld, only to become wounded by Bulgarian migrant hunters. Alone in the forest, Kamal has three days to escape them.

Europa,” which world premiered at Cannes this year in the Director’s Fortnight section, has already secured Italian distribution (I Wonder); U.K. distribution (Bulldog Film Distribution); and an Eastern and Central European broadcast outlet (HBO). It is being sold by France’s MPM Premium which is seeking a U.S. distributor.

In an interview with Variety, following the film’s British premiere at the Edinburgh Intl.
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