Oscars Race: Iraq selects “Europa” by the Tuscan director Haider Rashid


The film is supported by Toscana Film Commission

Iraq has selected Haider Rashid’s refugee thriller Europa as its contender for best international feature film at the upcoming Academy Awards.
The film was partly shot in 2019 near Arezzo, in the Alpe della Luna Nature Reserve, located in the heart of the Apennine Mountains, and it was supported by Toscana Film Commission.


The director Haider Rashid was born in Florence in 1985 and raised in the city by an Iraqi father and an Italian mother. The filmmaker’s movie is about a young Iraqi man named Kamal who is caught by police after entering Europe through the border between Turkey and Bulgaria. He manages to escape into a wild forest underworld, only to become wounded by Bulgarian migrant hunters. Alone in the forest, Kamal has three days to escape them.

Europa, which world premiered at Cannes Film Festival this year in the Director’s Fortnight section, won the independent critics’ award Beatrice Sartori.

The film is a Radical Plans (Italy) production, made in association with Beyond Dreams (Kuwait) and Fair Play (Italy), and executively produced by ODU Movies and Berta Film.