Earlier this year, Pakistani film Cake had managed to win millions of hearts, across Pakistan and abroad for having a brilliant and tear-jerking storyline. However, it looks like the film is not yet been forgotten. Asim Abbasi’s Cake has now made it as the number one choice for The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee for Oscar consideration in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 91st Academy Awards.
The family drama has been directed by Asim Abbasi, and has undeniably been a topper at the box office at the start of the year.
While speaking about the nomination, director of the film, Asim Abbasi stated, “I am extremely honoured to have Cake representing Pakistan this year, and grateful to the selection committee for considering it worthy My deepest gratitude to 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.”
Even in the month of March this year, Asim heceived the Best Director award at the UK Asian Film Festival London for Cake as well.
Asim Abbasi, the writer and director of Cake
Novelist Kamila Shamsie, who is also a member of the Oscar committee, also expressed love for the film. “Beautifully filmed, acted and written, Cake is both layered and affecting – and it’s even better on second viewing,” she said.
Veteran actress and a team member, Sahira Kazmi believes Cake explores the depth and complexity of human relationships.
The film is set in one of the biggest cities of Pakistan – Karachi. Cake revolves around the lives of two sisters – one who lives abroad, and the other who is ‘left’ behind. The guilt and resentments come forward as the sisters meet and unveil the hidden secrets of the family.
The final nominees for all award categories, along with Best Foreign Language Film – in which the Cake is nominated – will be chosen by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in January 2019. The final list of Oscar nominees is expected to be announced on the 22nd of January, 2019 while the awarding show for the 91st Academy Awards is scheduled to take place on 24th February, 2019.
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