The shortlist includes the following motion pictures: Colombia, "Birds of Passage" Denmark, "The Guilty" Germany, "Never Look Away" Japan, "Shoplifters" Kazakhstan, "Ayka" Lebanon, "Capernaum" Mexico, "Roma" Poland, "Cold War" South Korea, "Burning".
The drama "Ayka" is represented by Kazakhstan.
The plot of the film is the story of a young immigrant from Kyrgyzstan who illegally works in Moscow. It tells about her personal growth and drastic life changes. Actress of "Ayka", Samal Yeslyamova won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress.
The 91st Academy Awards ceremony to hold at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on February 24, 2019.