Oscars shortlists: “The Rescue”, “Prayers for the Chair” and more

The Oscar nominations do not fall until February 8, but we are a big step closer to knowing which titles will be honored on Hollywood’s biggest night: shortlists for 10 categories, including documentaries and international feature films, have been announced.

Fifteen feature films are on the way, and nine of them are directed or co-directed by women. The race includes “The Rescue,” Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s follow-up to their 2019 Oscar winner “Free Solo.” Their latest offering recounts the headline-grabbing rescue of a cave in Thailand in 2018. “Ascension”, Jessica Kingdon’s exploration of the contemporary Chinese dream and “Writing with Fire”, Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s portrait of India’s only female-led news outlet are also among the current movie.

Four out of 15 titles that make it to international feature films are directed by women. Germany’s “I’m Your Man” and Mexico’s “Prayers for the Chair” are among the films advancing. The former, a sci-fi romance by Maria Schrader, tells the story of an archaeologist and an AI, and the latter, by Tatiana Huezo, is a growing story about three girls in Mexico.

The 2022 Oscars are scheduled to take place on March 27th. See all the women-directed titles that go on in the Documentary and International Feature films categories below. Go over to Variety to see the rest of the shortlists.


“Ascension” – Directed by Jessica Kington
“Attica” – Directed by Stanley Nelson and Traci Curry
“Faya Dayi” – Directed by Jessica Beshir
“In the Same Breath” – Directed by Nanfu Wang
“Julia” – Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West
“President” – Directed by Camilla Nielsson
“The Rescue” – Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
“Simple as Water” – Directed by Megan Mylan
“Writing with Fire” – Directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh

International feature film

Belgium, “Playground” – Directed by Laura Wandel
Germany, “I’m Your Man” – Directed by Maria Schrader
Kosovo, “Hive” – ​​Directed by Blerta Basholli
Mexico, “Prayers for the Chair” – Directed by Tatiana Huezo

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