Women Filmmakers & Racial Politcs Dominate 2014 “Rendez-vous Avec French Cinema”

by Stephen Holt When it seems like Hollywood is never going to budge from its male-dominated ways of doing things, from the making of films to the giving out of Oscars, the annual “Rendevous avec French Cinema” which just wrapped its’ 19th edition in NYC,...
Posted On 19 Mar 2014
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First Year for “Honor System” on Foreign Language

It’s pretty crazy that voters will now treat foreign films as they treat every other category – the honor system. They’re moving in the wrong direction, I figure. The hard part is getting the voters to see all of the movies.  The only good thing about the Oscars...
Posted On 08 Feb 2014

Asghar Farhadi and The Past

Two years ago, A Separation took Asghar Farhadi from being an acclaimed filmmaker in his native Iran, to a renowned figure in global cinema. The film won dozens of awards worldwide, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, in addition to Farhadi being nominated for...

Foreign Language Short List

Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director; Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director; Denmark, “The...
Posted On 20 Dec 2013

Czech Republic swaps entry for Oscar consideration

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...
Posted On 08 Oct 2013

76 Countries in Competition For 2013 Foreign Language Film Oscar

The 2013 submissions are: Afghanistan, “Wajma – An Afghan Love Story,” Barmak Akram, director; Albania, “Agon,” Robert Budina, director; Argentina, “The German Doctor,” Lucía Puenzo, director; Australia, “The Rocket,” Kim Mordaunt,...
Posted On 07 Oct 2013

Amat Escalante’s Heli is Mexico’s Oscar hopeful

Amat Escalante‘s ultraviolent crime-thriller romance involving a cop, a kid and a cartel won the director prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Now Mexico has submitted the controversial love story as its candidate for Oscar’s Best Foreign Language film. “The film is a...
Posted On 18 Sep 2013

White Lies is New Zealand’s Oscar entry

(Press release) WELLINGTON – Saturday 7 September 2013. WHITE LIES (TUAKIRI HUNA), the New Zealand Film Commission funded Maori language feature film written and directed by Dana Rotberg, has been submitted as the official New Zealand entry for consideration for Best Foreign...
Posted On 07 Sep 2013

9 Foreign Language Films Vie for Oscar

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,...
Posted On 21 Dec 2012

Interview: The Intouchable’s Omar Sy

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...