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Czech Republic swaps entry for Oscar consideration

Czech Republic swaps entry for Oscar consideration

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The Academy has vetted the list of submissions for Best Foreign Language Film and found a couple of titles that it deems ineligible. Variety reports: The most notable rejection was director Agnieszka Holland’s “Burning Bush,” which was submitted by the Czech Republic but disallowed because it was made for and premiered on HBO Europe. The Czech Republic was allowed to submit a replacement film, “The Don Juans.”

Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad is Russia’s Oscar entry

Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad is Russia’s Oscar entry

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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 Stalingrad, an epic about one of the bloodiest battles in history, and which Russia has picked as its Oscar entry….

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

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

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(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. The film is based on Shion Miura’s novel Fune wo Amu which won the 2012 Honya Taishō (literally bookstore award)…

The Wall, Austria’s official Oscar entry

The Wall, Austria’s official Oscar entry

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No Oscar slot for Blue is the Warmest Color?

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Deadline is reporting that Palme d’Or winner Blue is the the Warmest Color will miss the window of opportunity to be eligible as France’s Oscar submission. The Oscar rep selection committee at French film body the CNC requires that a film go out nationally in France before September 30 and Wild Bunch has set an October release. Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval calls the rule “stupid” but tells me they believe…

9 Foreign Language Films Vie for Oscar

9 Foreign Language Films Vie for Oscar

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®.  Seventy-one films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Austria, “Amour,” Michael Haneke, director Canada, “War Witch,” Kim Nguyen, director Chile, “No,” Pablo Larraín, director Denmark, “A Royal Affair,” Nikolaj Arcel, director France, “The Intouchables,” Olivier Nakache…

Interview: The Intouchable’s Omar Sy

Interview: The Intouchable’s Omar Sy

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In the past year, Omar Sy has gone from being a French comedy writer and actor, to a star known internationally for his dramatic performance in The Intouchables. In February of this year Sy won the Cesar Award (France’s Oscar) for Best Actor, beating out a group of actors including his co-star, legendary French actor Francois Cluzet, and Jean Dujardin for The Artist. Since then, The Intouchables has since spent…

71 countries vie for 2012 Foreign Language Film Oscar

71 countries vie for 2012 Foreign Language Film Oscar

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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; Argentina, “Clandestine Childhood,” Benjamín Ávila, director; Armenia, “If Only Everyone,” Natalia Belyauskene, director; Australia, “Lore,” Cate Shortland, director; Austria, “Amour,”…

Iran to boycott 2013 Oscars over anti-Islamic film

Iran to boycott 2013 Oscars over anti-Islamic film

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Ugh. In case you need a reminder what a government tangled up with religious fundamentalists would be like. (Jakarta Globe) Iran said on Monday it would boycott the 2013 Oscars to protest against the making of a crude anti-Islam video in the United States that has caused outrage throughout the Muslim world. Despite tough censorship and the repression of leading film makers, Iranian art cinema has earned international acclaim over…

France submits The Intouchables for Best Foreign Language Film

France submits The Intouchables for Best Foreign Language Film

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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, based on a true story, that was co-written and co-directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano and has become the…