The Netherlands has picked Layla M., a hard-hitting drama about Islamic extremism, as its candidate for the 2018 Oscar race for best foreign-language film.
Directed by Mijke de Jong, Layla M. follows its titular character, a Dutch-Moroccan teenager who is radicalized by anti-Muslim measures in the Netherlands and becomes an Islamist. She marries a young jihadist and travels with him to join a terrorist cell in the Middle East. Once there, however, Layla is confronted by the contradictions, prejudices and dangers of her adopted community and begins to question her actions.
Layla M. premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. Netflix snatched up international rights from world sales group Beta Film.