The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee has officially selected Cake starring Sanam Saeed, Aamina Sheikh and Adnan Malik in the lead, for Oscar consideration in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 91st Academy Awards scheduled to take place on February 24, 2019.
The final nominees for all award categories including Best Foreign Language Film will be selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in January 2019. The complete and final list of Oscar nominees will be announced on January 22, 2019.
The selection committee, chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, includes novelists Kamila Shamshi and HM Naqvi; actor and director Saira Kazmi; singers Hadiqa Kiani, Ali Sethi and Zoe Viccaji; journalist and author Nadeem Farooq Paracha; stylist and enterprenuer Nabila Maqsood; radio jockey Khalid Malik; and actor Faysal Qureshi.
Speaking about the honour, the film’s director and writer Asim Abbasi said, “I am extremely honoured to have Cake representing Pakistan this year, and grateful to the selection committee for considering it worthy.”
He continued, “My deepest gratitude for 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.”
Committee member, Kamila Shamsie remarked, “Beautifully filmed, acted and written, Cake is both layered and affecting – and it’s even better on second viewing.”
Set in one of the world’s biggest metropolitan city, Karachi, Cake follows the lives of two sisters, one of whom lives abroad and the other is ‘left’ behind. Burdened with guilt and resentments, the sisters confront old secrets and realize that sometimes the only way for a family to move on, is by finding a way back.
The film is produced by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s close aide, Syed Zulfikar Bukhari.