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Tanna Is The Real Life Romance Nominated For Australia’s First Foreign-Language Oscar

The Nauvhal language movie was made by South Pacific villagers with no previous film experience.

January 24, 2017

When the 2017 Oscar nominations were announced this morning most of the attention was focused on the big-hitters like Moonlight, La La Land, and Hidden Figures. However, dig a little deeper down the list of nominees, and away from the heavily-tipped favorites there are still relatively unknown films to discover.

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One of these is the Nauvhal-language Tanna, nominated for Best Foreign Language picture. It's historic nod, marking Australia's first nomination in the Foreign Language category. The film is set on a South Pacific island and tells the story of a young couple who run away together when their indigenous community becomes involved in a bloody war with local rivals. The Romeo and Juliet style story introduces us to Wawa and her boyfriend Dain as they challenge their tribe's ancient beliefs in order to be together.

Filmed on the tiny island of Vanuatu, Tanna is based on a true story and performed by locals from the Yakel village. The movie is showing on demand and at film festivals in certain regions around the world. In the meantime you can see a trailer above.

Tanna Is The Real Life Romance Nominated For Australia’s First Foreign-Language Oscar