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

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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