ua en ru

Ukrainian film won Oscar 2024

Ukrainian film won Oscar 2024 A frame from the film 20 Days in Mariupol

20 Days in Mariupol by Mstyslav Chernov won the Oscar 2024 for Best Documentary Feature. This is the first film award for Ukraine in the entire history of the ceremony, according to the broadcast of the awards ceremony.

During his speech, Chernov said, "I wish I had never made this film."

"I wish to be able to exchange this to Russia never attacking Ukraine, never occupying our cities. I wish to give all the recognition to Russia not killing tens of thousands of my fellow Ukrainians," he said.

"So, thank you all. Thanks to Ukraine! Glory to Ukraine!" the director added.

The entire audience applauded Chernov standing up.

Interesting facts about the film 20 Days in Mariupol

This is a documentary film by Ukrainian war correspondent, writer, and videographer Mstyslav Chernov about the Russian siege of Mariupol in February-March 2022 during the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

The film was created in 2023 in collaboration with Associated Press and Frontline.

The premiere took place on January 21, 2023, at the largest independent film festival in the US, Sundance, where it was selected for the World Documentary Cinema competition program and received the Audience Award.

The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. It also won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary.

Overall, as of January 2024, it has received over 20 awards and 40 nominations.

The film has become the highest-grossing Ukrainian documentary film.