WATCH: Surrey made film shortlisted for an Oscar
The makers of a Surrey movie will find out tomorrow if they have been nominated for an Oscar.
Two songs from the Punjabi film Work Weather Wife are among the 79 vying for a nomination for Best Original Song.
The movie is the only Canadian film to be shortlisted in the category.
It confronts serious issues like honour killings and infidelity.
Director-producer Harpreet Sandhu says the movie is a blend of Canadian and Indian culture.
“When we were shooting the film, we just wanted to complete the project since we are an independent production. You just want your film to be made and be in the theaters,” says Sandhu.
Vancouver’s Reema Nagra, who plays the lead role in the film, says getting shortlisted made them feel like their hard work finally paid off.
“There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into making of this film,” says Nagra. “Hearing that it was shortlisted at the Oscars, I was just ecstatic.”
Unlike some of the other movies shortlisted in the category like Angelina Jolie’s WWII drama Unbroken or Richard Linklater’s Boyhood filmed over 12 years, Work Weather Wife is a small budget production.
“It gives hope to independent film making that if you really believe in your project and art, anything is possible,” says Sandhu.
The movie has only been released in Canada and the US so far.
Sandhu says they have plans to eventually take their movie to the UK, India and Australia.
The 87th Academy Awards are taking place on Feb.22. The nominees will be announced on Thursday.