LONDON: Five foreign Oscar contenders

Posted by · 7:31 pm · October 17th, 2010

(Please note that one of the films reviewed here, “Aftershock,” was not screened as part of the London Film Festival programme — but since I saw it this week, it made sense to include it in this discussion.) Admittedly, 11 out of 65 is a figure that is only impressive if you’re counting the listenable […]

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Foreign Oscar update

Posted by · 4:06 pm · October 4th, 2010

I neglected to mention this over a busy weekend, but the deadline for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submissions passed on Friday. That doesn’t necessarily mean we have all the contenders set in stone, however — we’re still waiting on the official list from the Academy, which always features a couple of latecomers and a […]

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CANNES PREVIEW: The best of the rest

Posted by · 9:44 am · May 10th, 2010

Okay, so you’ve combed through the 19 films in the Competition lineup for Cannes 2010, and you still haven’t found much to get excited about? Fret not. You wouldn’t know it to read most media coverage of the festival, but the Competition is only one course at the Cannes buffet – and not necessarily the […]

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Russia, Argentina, Slovenia enter the derby

Posted by · 9:42 am · September 26th, 2008

This morning brings three more entries in the Best Foreign Language Film race. KIcking things off, Russia has selected Anna Melikyan’s “The Mermaid,” which won the Directing Award in the World Cinema section at Sundance, before going on to scoop a FIPRESCI prize at the Berlin fest. A modern-day fairytale about a teenage girl’s coming […]

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