INTERVIEW: Jan Troell

Posted by · 12:15 pm · March 11th, 2009

After taking a backseat to younger, scrappier film industries in recent years, 2008 marked a defiant resumption of the throne for a number of traditional world-cinema stalwarts – Italy was the talk of May’s Cannes festival, while France churned out one masterwork after the other. Joining them at the top, meanwhile, was Sweden, with a […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 pet peeves of the 2008-2009 Oscar season

Posted by · 9:41 am · February 17th, 2009

The season is winding down this week.  The slow President’s Day holiday yesterday seemed to be more of a harbinger than a lull in the excitement.  This time next week, we’ll probably be over the fallout of the circuit and on to debating the contenders we’re likely to see a year from now. It’s a […]

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Foreign film shortlist revealed, ‘Gomorrah’ snubbed

Posted by · 11:53 am · January 13th, 2009

This is the most vile of all Academy committees.  They prove their disdain for truly great cinema year in and year out (let’s not forget last year’s snubs of “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and “Persepolis” early on), and they’ve done it again this year, skewering Matteo Garrone’s blistering “Gomorrah,” leaving it for […]

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Foreign film shortlist to drop soon

Posted by · 4:36 am · January 13th, 2009

I believe the 9-title shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film is due today, but details on the announcement are oddly hard to come by, so I could be wrong. In any case, it’s one I’m having a tough time calling. The new voting system should ensure that some of the year’s most acclaimed contenders are […]

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The Sans weigh in

Posted by · 5:00 am · December 16th, 2008

Francisco and Diego, that is. Anyone else think there are a tad too many critics’ awards floating around out there? Seriously, what do they all mean? New York, Los Angeles, Boston and the National Society are the only ones that really register with me… maybe Chicago, if I’m feeling generous. The rest really kind of […]

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Foreign film watch: all the contenders

Posted by · 1:37 pm · October 3rd, 2008

The race starts here. With the deadline having passed on Wednesday, 53 67 countries have submitted a candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film award. Now it’s all in the hands of the Academy’s notoriously obtuse foreign film committee. Under a new system aimed to avoid embarrassing exclusions like last year’s snub of “4 Months, […]

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Sweden and Germany loom large in Oscar race

Posted by · 3:21 pm · September 16th, 2008

As anyone who follows the arcane workings of the Best Foreign Language Film award knows, there is no such thing as a sure thing in the category. However, it’s fair to say that Sweden and Germany have emerged as strong contenders in the race after both countries selected high-profile films as their official entries. Unsurprisingly, […]

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