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Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad is Russia’s Oscar entry

A bit behind the curve on this news, I posted the trailer for Fedor Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad a few days ago without knowing it had been announced last week as Russia’s official Oscar candidate. Russian film director Fyodor Bondarchuk on Wednesday presented the Moscow premiere of his World War II drama ...

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Yuya Ishii’s The Great Passage is Japan’s Oscar entry

(Thanks to glimmer for the tip) (NipponCinema) The seven-member Japan Movie Producers Association has nominated Yuya Ishii’s The Great Passage to represent Japan in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 86th Academy Awards. The selection makes 30-year-old Ishii the youngest director ever to represent Japan in the category. ...

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71 countries vie for 2012 Foreign Language Film Oscar

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – A record 71 countries, including first-time entrant Kenya, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®. The 2012 submissions are: Afghanistan, “The Patience Stone,” Atiq Rahimi, director; Albania, “Pharmakon,” Joni Shanaj, director; Algeria, “Zabana!” Said Ould Khelifa, director; ...

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France submits The Intouchables for Best Foreign Language Film

With three prestigious French language films in play this year, how did a crowd-pleasing international box-office phenomenon backed by Hervey Weinstein prevail? (That’s a rhetorical question). Scott Feinberg broke down the possibilities at THR shortly before France settled on The Intouchables earlier today. (1) The Intouchables, an $11.5 million dramedy, ...

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Germany’s Oscar hopeful: Barbara

Germany’s official 2013 Foreign Language Film submission, directed by Christian Petzold, summarized by Alt Film Guide. Starring Nina Hoss, the political/romantic drama Barbara earned Petzold the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Barbara received seven nominations for the Lolas, the German Academy Awards, eventually ...

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63 Foreign Language Films vie for Oscar

Updated via press release. Beverly Hills, CA – Sixty-three countries, including first-time entrant New Zealand, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The 2011 submissions are: Albania, “Amnesty,” Bujar Alimani, director; Argentina, “Aballay,” Fernando Spiner, director; Austria, “Breathing,” Karl Markovics, director; ...

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Spain chooses Pa Negre as its Oscar export

Thanks to our pal iggy for tipping us to Spain’s official Oscar submission, Pa Negre (Black Bread) which he summarizes thusly: a terrific (but not your typical) coming of age movie during Spanish Civil Post-War with an amazing female ensemble and dealing with sexual repression and homosexuality in times of ...

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