Tag: best foreign language feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Never Look Away” – Two Nominations

“NEVER LOOK AWAY”Germany; Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Director: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckProducers: Quirin Berg, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Jan Mojto, and Max WiedemannWriter: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckCinematography: Caleb DeschanelEditor: Anne McCabeComposer: Max RichterDistributors: Sony Pictures ClassicsRelease Date: September 4, 2018Run-time: 189 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Growing up in Nazi Germany and then in Soviet-occupied Dresden, art student Kurt chafes at the restrictions imposed on him … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Never Look Away” – Two Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

“ROMA”Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón Director: Alfonso CuarónProducers: Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez, and Nicolas CelisWriters: Alfonso CuarónCinematography: Alfonso CuarónEditors: Alfonso Cuarón and Adam GoughComposer: Steven PriceDistributor: NetflixRelease Date: November 21, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In Mexico City in the early 1970s, Cleo is a maid in the household of a middle-class doctor. She takes on increasing responsibility caring for the family’s … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Roma” – Ten Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Capernaum” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“CAPERNAUM”Lebanon; Nadine Labaki Director: Nadine LabakiProducers: Michel Merkt and Khaled MouzanarWriters: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojaily, Michelle Keserwany, Georges Khabbaz, and Khaled Mouzanar Cinematography: Christopher AounEditor: Konstantin BockComposer: Khaled MouzanarDistributor: Sony Pictures ClassicsRelease Date: December 14, 2018Run-time: 123 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: After running away from his poverty-stricken life in the slums of Beirut, 12-year-old Zain travels to a coastal town where he meets Ethiopian immigrant … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Capernaum” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [7] “Shoplifters” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“SHOPLIFTERS”Japan; Hirokazu Kore-eda Director: Hirokazu Kore-edaProducer: Matsuzaki Kaoru, Yose Akihiko, and Taguchi HijiriWriter: Hirokazu Kore-eda Cinematography: Kondo RyutoEditor: Hirokazu Kore-edaComposed by: Haruomi HosonoStudio: Magnolia PicturesDistributor: GAGA PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Run-time: 121 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: When an impoverished family that uses petty theft to supplement the parents’ poor wages takes in a seemingly abandoned and abused young girl, their devotion to one another grows … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [7] “Shoplifters” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Cold War” – Three Nominations

“COLD WAR”Poland; Paweł Pawlikowski Director: Paweł PawlikowskiProducers: Tanya Seghatchian and Ewa PuszczyńskaWriters: Paweł Pawlikowski, Janusz Głowacki, and Piotr BorkowskiCinematography: Łukasz ŻalEditor: Jaroslaw KaminskiComposer: Marcin MaseckiDistributor: Amazon StudiosBudget: $4.8 millionRelease Date: December 21, 2018Run-time: 89 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1949, pianist Wiktor scouts for talent for a musical ensemble and begins a romance with Zula, the singer and dancer he discovers. Over the next decade, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [6] “Cold War” – Three Nominations

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Oscars Watch: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards.  Eighty-seven films had originally been considered in the category. Los Angeles-based Academy members from all branches screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 10.  The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign … Read More Oscars Watch: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 87 Contenders in Foreign Language Feature Category

Afghanistan, “Rona Azim’s Mother,” Jamshid Mahmoudi Algeria, “Until the End of Time,” Yasmine Chouikh Argentina, “El Ángel,” Luis Ortega Armenia, “Spitak,” Alexander Kott Australia, “Jirga,” Benjamin Gilmour Austria, “The Waldheim Waltz,” Ruth Beckermann Bangladesh, “No Bed of Roses,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Belarus, “Crystal Swan,” Darya Zhuk Belgium, “Girl,” Lukas Dhont Bolivia, “The Goalkeeper,” Rodrigo “Gory” Patiño Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Never Leave Me,” Aida Begić … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 87 Contenders in Foreign Language Feature Category

2018 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Loveless” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“LOVELESS” Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev Producers: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, & Gleb Fetisov Writers: Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin Cinematography: Mikhail Krichman Editor: Anna Mass Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: December 1, 2017 Run-time: 128 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Zhenya and Boris, a couple embroiled in a bitter divorce, have already found new partners and need only to sell their Moscow … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Loveless” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [28] “The Square” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“THE SQUARE” Sweden; Directed by Ruben Östlund Director & Writer: Ruben Östlund Producers: Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober Cinematography: Fredrik Wenzel Editors: Ruben Östlund & Jacob Secher Schulsinger Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: October 27, 2017 (Telluride) Run-time: 151 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Hoping to promote his contemporary art museum, curator Christian showcases an installation about altruism. Christian soon has more than he can cope with, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [28] “The Square” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [24] “A Fantastic Woman” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“A FANTASTIC WOMAN” Chile; Directed by Sebastián Lelio Director: Sebastián Lelio Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Sebastián Lelio, and Gonzalo Maza Writers: Sebastián Lelio & Gonzalo Maza Editor: Soledad Salfate Composer: Matthew Herbert Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: September 1, 2017 (Telluride) Run-time: 104 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Marina, a twentysomething waitress and aspiring singer, is in a loving relationship with older partner … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [24] “A Fantastic Woman” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [15] “On Body And Soul” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“ON BODY AND SOUL” Hungary; Directed by Ildikó Enyedi Director & Writer: Ildikó Enyedi Producers: Ernő Mesterházy, András Muhi, and Mónika Mécs Cinematography: Máté Herbai Editor: Károly Szalai Composer: Ádám Balázs Distributor: Netflix Release Date: November 12, 2017 Run-time: 116 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Endre, the financial director of a slaughterhouse in Budapest, is interested in Mária, the new quality control inspector, but her icy demeanor … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [15] “On Body And Soul” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [6] “The Insult” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“THE INSULT” Lebanon; Directed by Ziad Doueiri Director: Ziad Doueiri Producers: Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat, Julie Gayet, Antoun Sehnaoui, and Nadia Turincev Cinematography: Tommaso Fiorilli Editor: Dominique Marcombe Composer: Éric Neveux Distributor: Cohen Media Group Release Date: August 31, 2017 Run-time: 112 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Palestinian refuge Yasser, a construction foreman, is assigned to do repairs on an apartment building inhabited by Lebanese Christians, including … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [6] “The Insult” – Best Foreign Language Feature

Oscars Watch: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

The Foreign Language features have been parred down from 92 entries to just 9 eligible for the five slots and a shot at the Oscar. Interestingly enough, Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” was not on the list, nor was Norway’s entry “Thelma” or the two-time Academy Award nominated director Michael Haneke’s “Happy End.” Here are the nine that were chosen: Chile, “A … Read More Oscars Watch: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

2017 Oscars Challenge: [18] “The Salesman” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“THE SALESMAN” Iran; Directed by Asghar Farhadi Original Title: “Forushande” Directed by: Asghar Farhadi Screenplay by: Asghar Farhadi Cinematography by: Hossein Jafarian Music by: Sattar Oraki Distributed by: Filmiran Release Date: September 30, 2016 Lanuage: Persian FILM SYNOPSIS: After Iranian couple Emad and Rana are forced to move to a new apartment, their life together is thrown into turmoil by an act of violence. … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [18] “The Salesman” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2017 Oscars Challenge: [14] “A Man Called Ove” (2 nominations)

Original Title: “En man som heter Ove” Directed by: Hannes Holm Screenplay by: Hannes Holm Based On: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman (2012) Cinematography by: Göran Hallberg Music by: Gaute Storaas Distributed by: Nordisk Film Release Date: September 30, 2016 Country: Sweden FILM SYNOPSIS: Ove, a cranky, older Swede who has been contemplating suicide since his wife died, is constantly quarreling with … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [14] “A Man Called Ove” (2 nominations)

2017 Oscars Challenge: [14] “A Man Called Ove” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“A MAN CALLED OVE” Sweden; Directed by Hannes Holm Original Title: “En man som heter Ove” Directed by: Hannes Holm Screenplay by: Hannes Holm Based On: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman (2012) Cinematography by: Göran Hallberg Music by: Gaute Storaas Distributed by: Nordisk Film Release Date: September 30, 2016 Country: Sweden FILM SYNOPSIS: Ove, a cranky, older Swede who has been contemplating … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [14] “A Man Called Ove” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2017 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Tanna” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“TANNA” Australia; Directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler Directed by: Bentley Dean and Martin Butler Screenplay by: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, and John Collee Cinematography by: Bentley Dean Music by: Antony Partos Distributed by: Lightyear Entertainment Release Date: September 16, 2016 Country: Australia FILM SYNOPSIS: On the tiny Pacific island of Tanna in the Vanuatu archipelago, the younger members of two native tribes … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [13] “Tanna” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2017 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Toni Erdmann” – Best Foreign Language Feature

“TONI ERDMANN” Germany; Directed by Maren Ade Directed by: Maren Ade Screenplay by: Maren Ade Cinematography by: Patrick Orth Music by: Patrick Veigel Distributed by: NFP Marketing & Distribution Release Date: December 25, 2016 Budget: $3.2 million Country: Germany / Austria FILM SYNOPSIS: Retired piano teacher Winfried Conradi attempts to reconnect with his estranged adult daughter Ines, a driven businesswoman currently based in Romania. … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Toni Erdmann” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2016 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Theeb” – Best Foreign Language Feature

THEEB (JORDAN) Naji Abu Nowar FILM SYNOPSIS: In Hejaz province, Arabia, recently orphaned brothers Hussein and Theeb, who live a traditional Bedouin life, are caught up in the world events of 1916 when a British officer asks them to guide him through the desert to strategically important Ottoman train tracks. Their journey, fraught with danger, leads them in an unanticipated direction. Gaining Jordan’s first … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [27] “Theeb” – Best Foreign Language Feature

2016 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Mustang” – Best Foreign Language Feature

MUSTANG France; Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven FILM SYNOPSIS: Five orphaned teenage sisters enjoy the summer in their village in northern Turkey, but one day, their romping with male friends is misinterpreted and reported to their family as sexual licentiousness. Determined to keep the girls pure, the family effectively imprisons them, prompting the girls to become even more closely knit as they rebel against … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Mustang” – Best Foreign Language Feature

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Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

The Academy narrows Best Foreign Language Feature down to nine, which was no easy feat, I am sure. Note that there is no “The Assassin,” “The Second Mother,” or “Goodnight Mommy,” to which many thought were deserving and I personally would have loved to watch the last one as part of the challenge, but will instead seek it out myself. The obvious front-runner is … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 81 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

As with most years, the Foreign Language Feature submissions from each country are the first to be displayed. Spanning the globe, these films have all met their eligibility requirements and will become one of five films to make the final cut. Eventually these 83 films will be narrowed down to 9 that are eligible and from that smaller pool will come the five nominees. … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 81 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [17] Leviathan – Best Foreign Language Feature

“LEVIATHAN” Russia Russia is no stranger to the Academy Awards, with plenty of nominations and wins all around. This year, “Leviathan” tells the story of a family, all dealing with their own challenges, yet intertwining in the sense that their actions all effect one another. Kolya (Aleksei Serebryakov), a husband and father, is dealing with a court ruling forcing him to sell his family’s … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [17] Leviathan – Best Foreign Language Feature

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Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

From 83 films to 9, the Oscar shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film category has been solidified. The next process will see five of these films becoming nominees for the Academy Awards category. Expect “Ida”, “Leviathan”, and “Force Majeure” to make the final cut, as they have all been touted over since their releases. “Ida” and “Force Majeure” in particular have both been … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 83 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

First out of the gate are the submissions for Best Foreign Language Film. Sadly, each country gets one submission, so the films listed below are the films thought to have the best chance at gaining a nomination. Most of them you will not recognize, but there are a few that have either been buzzed about or released stateside. Mexico’s release “Cantinflas” was a nationwide … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 83 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [35] Omar – One Nomination

Palestine Every year the Academy Awards brings to light films that I otherwise would have never seen and more often than not, it is in the Best Foreign Feature category that I discover these amazing films. Most notably, I remember seeing “Dogtooth” (2009) and being absolutely blown away by how much I loved the film. This year, three foreign films have blown me away. … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [35] Omar – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [34] The Missing Picture – One Nomination

Cambodia Cambodia’s foreign film entry “The Missing Picture” is a multi-media exploration of the Kampuchean Revolution in 1975, of which very few images remain. To counteract these “missing pictures”, the film-makers create clay models of himself and many of the surrounding Cambodians to reenact the damage done by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. The real marvel is the inclusion of the archival footage … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [34] The Missing Picture – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [19] The Hunt – One Nomination

Denmark What a passionate year for the Best Foreign Language Feature category. Already with two strong frontrunners including “The Broken Circle Breakdown” and now “The Hunt”, it will be hard to place a sure fire winner before the actual awards. “The Hunt” is Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film, which sees a Kindergarten teacher played by Mads Mikkelsen accused of sexual misconduct by his best friend’s … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [19] The Hunt – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [10] The Broken Circle Breakdown – One Nomination

Belgium With a few more foreign films left to see, I can already tell that Belgium’s entry for Best Foreign Language Feature, “The Broken Circle Breakdown” will be my resounding favorite of the five. Following a man in a bluegrass band who meets a gorgeous tattooed blonde and begins a relationship with her, the film is told in a fragmented story structure with creates … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [10] The Broken Circle Breakdown – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [8] The Great Beauty – One Nomination

Italy Having won the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Feature, “The Great Beauty” or “La Grande Bellezza” is the only foreign film anyone is talking about. Whether it proves to be the best has yet to be seen, but marking off the first foreign film I have seen out of the bunch, it does set the bar high, with amazing visuals and … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [8] The Great Beauty – One Nomination

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Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: 9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS A few surprises come out of the Foreign Language Feature being shortlisted, especially with no love for Saudi Arabia’s first feature film ever “Wadjda” as well as previous winner Asghar Farhadi and his new film “The Past” starring Bérénice Bejo. I’m disappointed not to see “The Wall” or “Renoir” in the final cut. Regardless, we are left … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 71 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Below is the initial list of Foreign Language films up for consideration for this year’s Academy Awards. There’s four I’ve actually heard of including “Amour”, from Austria, which appears to be a shoe-in for making the final cut, “Sister”, from Switzerland, which just hit theaters this past weekend, and “The Intouchables”, from France, which received favorable reviews … Read More Oscars Watch: 71 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seedig Bale”

Of all the foreign language films up for contention at this year’s Academy Awards, “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seedig Bale” is by far the most intriguing thus far, with amazing visuals and graphics, and this is simply from viewing the trailer. And with a big name like John Woo attached, you would expect nothing less. Produced out of Taiwan, I am definitely rooting for … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seedig Bale”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Morgen”

“Morgen” is the Romanian entry for consideration during this year’s Oscar season. A dark satire, “Morgen” tackles the subject matter of illegal immigration. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Anca Puiu

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For Your Consideration 2011: “72 Days (Sedamdeset i dva dana)”

Croatia’s entry into the Academy Awards consideration for Best Foreign Film, “72 Days” is written and directed by Danilo Šerbedžija and stars his father Rabe Šerbedžija. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Directed by Danilo Šerbedžija

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Monsieur Lazhar”

From the producers of the Academy Award nominated film “Incendies” and winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, “Monsieur Lazhar” is being considered for Best Foreign Language Feature. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Luc Déry & Kim McCraw

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within”

Under consideration in the Foreign Language department, “Elite Squad-The Enemy Within” not only gains attention from being the official selection of Brazil for the Academy Awards, but was also the highest-grossing film of all-time in Brazil. If that doesn’t make this film a leader in the pack, I don’t know what what will. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Marcos Prado

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Pina”

What sounds like another passionate documentary, “Pina” was originally supposed to followed the life of Pina Bausch, a German modern dance choreographer. When Pina passed away unexpectedly, the film was all but dead, however Pina’s dancers requested the film still get made and now this film garners not only a foreign language film consideration but also a documentary feature film consideration. BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Pina”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Beauty (Skoonheid)”

The South African submission for Best Foreign Language film, “Beauty” was awarded the Queer Palm Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Oliver Hermanus

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For Your Consideration 2011: “In Darkness”

A Polish drama directed by Agnieszka Holland: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

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For Your Consideration 2011: “A Separation”

Iran’s submission for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Film, “A Separation” has already won the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival (the Golden Bear) becoming the first Iranian film to win the award. Having won such an award and being picked up for distribution by Sony Picture Classics makes this film a front-runner for gaining the coveted nomination. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “A Separation”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Terraferma”

Italy’s official selection for consideration in the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language category, “Terraferma” has already won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini, Riccardo Tozzi

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Montevideo, God Bless You”

Of the foreign films that I have glanced at thus far, “Montevideo” is the first film that appears Oscar-worthy. The cinematography appears on par with its Hollywood counter parts and the performances come off well even in the trailer. Coming from Serbia, “Montevideo” won the Audience Choice Award at the Moscow International Film Festival. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Dejan Petrović

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Love Child (La Hija Natural)”

Written, produced, and directed by Leticia Tonos, “La Hija Natural” is the Dominican Republic’s submission for consideration in the Foreign category. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Leticia Tonos

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For Your Consideration 2011: “José & Pilar (José e Pilar)”

Coming out of Portugal, “José & Pilar” is a documentary depicts the last year of a Nobel Prize winning writer and his wife. Looking very emotional and very well filmed, we will see if it is enough to hook Academy members. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Produced by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, Ana Jordão, Daniela Siragusa

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2011 Oscars Challenge: Dogtooth

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Dogtooth” (2010)
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2010 Oscars Challenge: The White Ribbon

THE WHITE RIBBON Up For: Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Though not viewing any of the other foreign language films this year, I still believe this film is strong enough to win. The White Ribbon never feels like a foreign language film. Though a period piece set in black and white, the film could just as easily take … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The White Ribbon