(Photograph credit: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
819 people are invited to join the Academy this year. 49% of them are being from outside of the United States, filmiere.com reports. Festival chefs are notably among them including Thierry Fremaux of Cannes Film Festival, Alberto Barbera of Venice Film Festival, and Carlo Chatrian of Berlinale. One of the most respected French actresses of the new generation Adele Haenel. Starred in two of the most acclaimed films of the previous year. Also made headlines for her Polanski protest at the Cesar awards, has also been invited.
Oscar-nominated Les Misérables filmmaker Ladj Ly, Agnes Varda’s daughter Rosalie and Mati Diop (“Atlantics”), German actor Udo Kier (most recently shining in “The Painted Bird”), North Macedonia’s Ljubomir Stefanov (“Honeyland”), Hong Kong actor Tzi Ma (from “Rush Hour” to “The Farewell”), Zhao Tao (“Ash is the Purest White”) are among new international members. Sure, these are just the people who got an invitation but they rarely turn down the invitations anyway.