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Germany’s Oscar hopeful: Barbara

Germany’s Oscar hopeful: Barbara

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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 winning the runner-up trophy for Best Film… Set in 1980s East Germany, Barbara tells the story of a doctor (Hoss)…

Brazil's Oscar hopeful, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Brazil's Oscar hopeful, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

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Believe the raves. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within lives up to these promo quotes.

63 Foreign Language Films vie for Oscar

63 Foreign Language Films vie for Oscar

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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; Belgium, “Bullhead,” Michael R. Roskam, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina,”Belvedere,” Ahmed Imamovic, director; Brazil, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” José Padilha,…

Spain chooses Pa Negre as its Oscar export

Spain chooses Pa Negre as its Oscar export

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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 oppression among other issues. For our Spanish-speaking readers, here’s a 4.5-star review at ELPAIS.com.  

Aki Kaurismaki's Le Havre is Finland's Oscar bid

Aki Kaurismaki's Le Havre is Finland's Oscar bid

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Finland’s Oscar selection jury today announced Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre as the country’s official Oscar submission. After its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Le Havre won the Fipresci prize and the special mention of the Ecumenical Jury. It was awarded best international film at the Munich Film Festival as it continues to rack up international honors. If Le Havre advances to become one of the five nominees, this…

The Netherlands Oscar submission: Sonny Boy

The Netherlands Oscar submission: Sonny Boy

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(thanks to William Best)

Portugal's Oscar submission: José e Pilar

Portugal's Oscar submission: José e Pilar

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(Thanks to JF) Poster after the cut.

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Pulling out the Big Guns: Sean Penn Backs Javier Bardem

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Yesterday, Sean Penn hosted a post-screening Q&A with Javier Bardem who was there to promote his career-best performance in Biutiful at the DGA Theater.¬† Penn called it the “best performance since Brando in The Last Tango in Paris.” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu said he wrote the role with Javier Bardem in mind, “How far are we able to face truths? I have gone through every emotional state possible, it was an…

Biutiful trailer

Biutiful trailer

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65 submissions for Best Foreign Language Film

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From Oscar.org. Thanks to Kevin K. 65 countries vie for 2010 Foreign Language Film Oscar¬Æ Beverly Hills, CA (October 13, 2010) ‚Äî Sixty-five countries, including first-time entrants Ethiopia and Greenland, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards¬Æ. The 2010 submissions are: Albania, ‚ÄúEast, West, East,‚Äù Gjergj Xhuvani, director; Algeria, ‚ÄúHors la Loi‚Äù (‚ÄúOutside the Law‚Äù), Rachid Bouchareb, director; Argentina, ‚ÄúCarancho,‚Äù Pablo…