The film premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at Cannes this year.

Lithuania has selected Šerkšnas (Frost), directed by Sarunas Bartas, for best foreign-language film for the Oscars.

The drama, which had its world premiere in the Director's Fortnight section at Cannes film festival this year, follows a young Lithuanian couple on a road trip from the Baltics to Ukraine's war-torn Donbass region.

The film was co-produced by Lithuania, France, Ukraine and Poland and features Vanessa Paradis alongside Lithuanian actors Mantas Janciauskas and Lyja Maknaviciute and Poland's Andrzej Chyra.

The film's production companies are Studija Kinema, KinoElektron, Insight Media/Tato Film, Donten & Lacroix Films, KNM and Reborn Production, and Luxbox handles sales.

Bartas, who previously directed Freedom and Three Days, is one of Lithuania's best known directors on an international scale.

Frost is Lithuania's 10th foreign-language Oscar submission since the country became independent in 1991. A Lithuanian film has never earned a nomination for the awards.