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Deepa Mehta's Funny Boy is Canada's pick for 93rd Oscars

Brandon Ingram in a scene from Funny Boy.
Brandon Ingram in a scene from Funny Boy.

The second Canadian director to be nominated for a best foreign language Oscar has also become the latest to have her film submitted in the newly renamed category of best international feature film. Deepa Mehta’s new movie Funny Boy has been put forward for the 93rd Academy Awards. A longlist of nominees will be released on Feb. 9, followed by a shortlist on March 15 ahead of the awards ceremony, currently planned for Apr. 25, 2021.

The Tamil-language film, shot on location and set in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and ’80s, tells the story of the sexual awakening of a young boy amid the rising political tensions at the time. It’s based on the novel by Shyam Selvadurai.

Mehta’s film Water was shortlisted for the 2006 Academy Awards, three years after Canada’s first win in the category, for Denys Arcand’s The Barbarian Invasions . She remains the only Canadian woman to have her work nominated.

Canadians will have a chance to see Funny Boy when it is broadcast on the CBC on Dec. 4. It will then be available to stream on CBC Gem, before launching outside of Canada on Netflix on Dec. 10.

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