Don’t wait for the remake

Posted by · 5:42 pm · February 4th, 2010

Enterprising young distributor Oscilloscope was obviously hoping for an Oscar nomination when they scheduled a February release for Denmark’s terrific entry, the wickedly off-kilter thriller “Terribly Happy.” It would have been sly timing, if only the Academy’s foreign-language branch hadn’t killed its hopes at the shortlist stage. No matter. Oscar nod or not, it remains […]

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Waiting on Oscar’s foreign language shortlist

Posted by · 8:29 am · January 20th, 2010

Last Saturday, the Academy concluded four months of screenings of the 65 films in contention for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film award. Today, that tall pile of titles will be culled to a shortlist of just nine contenders, from which the eventual five nominees will be chosen. Making predictions here is a pretty thankless […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Avatar’ awe, ‘Bones’ defense, original songs

Posted by · 7:36 pm · December 11th, 2009

• A little movie called “Avatar” premiered. This week’s Oscar Talk tucked into the film. • As “The Lovely Bones” faces a frosty critical welcome, this week’s Off the Carpet column went to bat for the film. • We interviewed a quartet of young actors making strides this year: Abbie Cornish, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Foster […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Terribly Happy’ director Henrik Ruben Genz

Posted by · 4:10 pm · December 11th, 2009

Two striking films in this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race probe the theme of moral drift, both individual and communal, bred in a rural European community – the very opposite of what Hillary Clinton meant by “It takes a village.” One of them, Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon,” you’ve probably heard of. The […]

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Foreign watch: UK enters ‘Afghan Star,’ ‘Reykjavik’ remake

Posted by · 7:07 am · October 7th, 2009

Two interesting news tidbits relating to the Best Foreign Language Film race surfaced yesterday, the first of which is the United Kingdom’s bold, wholly unexpected decision to submit Havana Marking’s acclaimed documentary “Afghan Star” as their entry. The news is surprising for a number of reasons. It’s the first time the UK has submitted a […]

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Foreign film race slowly taking shape

Posted by · 3:18 pm · October 5th, 2009

As I said before, the October 1 “deadline” for Best Foreign Language Film submissions isn’t quite as rigid as it sounds: assorted additions and alterations tend to be made before the Academy officially announces the list. The first of these late developments comes from Colombia, with the late submission of Ciro Guerra’s “The Wind Journeys,” […]

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Foreign film news and notes — 40 films so far

Posted by · 12:21 pm · September 24th, 2009

ANOTHER UPDATE: Thanks to emails for keeping me on track here, but there are some titles I failed to mention.  The number is up to 40 now. EARLIER: Anne Thompson is reporting that Denmark has submitted “Terribly Happy.”  And Nat has Mexico’s entry as “Backyard.”  Make it 31 films. STILL EARLIER: Guy is so much […]

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