Iraqui Odyssey: Swiss Entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar, Acquired for US Release

Typecast Film has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary Iraqui Odyssey, Switzerland’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The movie was released in New York and Los Angeles on November 27 before expanding nationwide in 2016.

Typecast Films released the English-language version of the film in theaters, while the version that has qualified as the Swiss Oscar entry is in German.

Iraqi Odyssey tells the story of director Samir’s middle-class Iraqi family, who live in New Zealand, Russia, France, the U.K. and Buffalo, N.Y.

Samir himself was born in Baghdad, but grew up in Switzerland.

Co-production between Switzerland, Germany and UAE, Iraqi Odyseey received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest in 2014.  It won the best Asian film award and the NETPAC award at the Abu Dhabi Film Fest, and the Panorama audience award at the Berlin Film Festival.

The five films nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar will be revealed on January 14.

The Oscar awards ceremony will take place on February 28.