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Trailer of the Week: Message at Oscars - "Let us not take this planet for granted."

Los Angeles - This year’s Academy Awards were also a platform for valuable messages by socially-conscious artists. Cinema for Peace Honorary Chair 2016 Charlize Theron kicked off the awards by presenting the Best Original Screenplay, two weeks after advocating in Berlin the fight against Aids. Host Chris Rock joked about racism and diversity, while the producers of the Best Picture honoree, Spotlight, issued a call to action to resonate all the way to the Pope.


Leonardo DiCaprio, who started the International Green Film Award at Cinema for Peace, said: "Climate change is real and it's happening right now. It is a most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world, who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children's children and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted!"

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar for his role in THE REVENANT, while Cinema for Peace Honorary Member Ennio Morricone won for the film music of THE HATEFUL EIGHT by Quentin Tarantino.


Leading up to the ceremony there was a discussion about diversity and the reasons that movies by black directors and black actors are not recognized. The event tried to take the serious topic with humor: Sacha Baron Cohen missed "the little yellow men" among the nominees - the Minions -, while Chris Rock joked that he missed Will Smith, Idris Elba and...Darth Vader. The academy has reacted by changing their structures in the future by adding three additional seats to the board of governors, and reviewing individual members' voting rights every 10 years.



SPOTLIGHT was one of the huge winners of the night. Michael Sugar, producer of the film, used the opportunity to call on the church hierarchy to listen to its message. He said: “This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice, which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican ... Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith.” SPOTLIGHT tells the true story about a team of journalists who took the initiative to uncover a large group of priests who had been involved in the molestation of children. There were so many people involved in the cover-up of these crimes, who made a huge effort to keep them quiet, thereby suffocating freedom of the press.



The Oscar for the best foreign film went to "Son of Saul". Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian Jew, was a member of the Sonderkommando, which consisted of Jewish prisoners who were in charge of leading their fellow inmates to their executions. The Sonderkommando was also responsible for the disposal of the bodies in the crematoriums.  The film reminds us that that time was not so long ago and that we should be careful in our days.


Also Jenny Beavan, winner of the best costume design Oscar for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, urged the audience: “It could be horribly prophetic, Mad Max – if we’re not kinder to each other, and if we don’t stop polluting our atmosphere ... it could happen.” MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a post-apocalyptic drama with Cinema for Peace Honorary Chair Charlize Theron playing the main heroine fighting for freedom and won 6 Oscars.


Thanks to the donations of the Cinema for Peace Gala and the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei Cinema for Peace will be able to support some of these valuable topics in the coming year with film screenings, public platforms and critical conversations.
Ai Weiwei for Cinema for Peace

Ai Weiwei's 'Safe Passage' installation with life-vests from Lesbos for Cinema for Peace.


Upcoming Screenings:


August 13th 2018, at the Schikaneder Kino in Vienna / Address: Margaretenstraße 24, A - 1040 Wien