Best Foreign Language Film: an alternative ballot

Posted by · 8:12 am · December 19th, 2008

Last month, I played devil’s advocate a little with the Best Documentary Feature category, suggesting five less-discussed titles from the shortlist of contenders as a potential counter to the dizzying advance of the clear frontrunner, “Man on Wire” — not as a slight on the film, which is terrific, but in the interests of diversity. […]

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LONDON: ‘Tulpan,’ ‘La Belle Personne,’ ‘A Simple Heart’

Posted by · 10:47 am · October 18th, 2008

Continuing the discussion of yesterday’s London Film Festival offerings: Spearheaded by such titles as “The Class” and “Gomorrah,” the big story of world cinema this year appears to be the fusion of a documentary aesthetic with fictional storytelling, in many cases employing semi-improvised scripts and non-professional actors to create the spontaneous, slightly unnerving feel of […]

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