Three Questions: A Conversation With This Year’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees

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Oscar’s five nominated directors in the Best Foreign Language Film race this year include one returnee to the category and four newcomers. They’re each seasoned filmmakers who’ve had their fair share of festival and awards success, and each has told a story that, despite years in the making, is somehow entirely relevant to today.
They’ve spent an awards season talking up their movies, and we wanted to find out what they’ve learned in the process as well as give them a…

29th Palm Springs Int’l Film Fest Names ‘Félicité’ As Best Foreign Language Film 

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The Senegalese film Félicité  won the FIPRESCI Best Foreign Language Film of the Year to highlight the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) juried award winners, who were honored today at a luncheon at the Hilton Palm Springs.
The festival, held from January 2-15, 2018, screened 180 films from 77 countries. Last year, it welcomed 135,000 attendees for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also…

Even Without ‘BPM,’ the Academy Compiles a Rich, Diverse Foreign Oscar Shortlist

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It’s now an Oscar-season tradition as time-honored and near-annual as nomination buzz for Meryl Streep: the critical outcry that greets the pre-Christmas announcement of the nine-film shortlist for best foreign language film. Almost every year, at least one hotly fancied favorite for the award is left off the list, overriding the ecstatic reviews, festival hype […]

Oscars 2018: Weighing The Early Best Foreign Language Film Race

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The Best Foreign Language Film race has again set a new record, with entries this year hailing from 92 countries. Amongst the contenders are a host of high-profile helmers—and one Netflix-backed picture directed by a bonafide global celebrity.
The Phase One and Executive Committees can be unpredictable. Last year’s shortlist created an uproar when it shockingly omitted Paul Verhoeven’s French film Elle. The thriller won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film with…

‘Loveless’ Director Andrey Zvyagintsev On Filmmaking In Modern-Day Russia

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Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes Jury Prize winner Loveless is the Foreign Language entry from Russia this year, and one of the frontrunners for the shortlist. Sony Pictures Classics acquired all North and Latin American rights to Loveless in Cannes. This is the director’s third time repping his country after 2003’s The Return and 2014’s Oscar nominee Leviathan. The film revolves around Zhenya and Boris, who are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment…

‘Foxtrot’ Director Samuel Maoz On The Nature Of Israel’s “Collective Trauma”

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While Samuel Maoz’s Israeli Oscar entry Foxtrot was tremendously popular at the Venice Film Festival, taking the Grand Jury Prize, among other recognitions, it hasn’t been quite so popular in Israel itself, generating a great deal of controversy in Maoz’s homeland.
“Someone wrote me an email that said he was waiting for me outside my building. He wrote me that when I went out, he would throw acid on my face because they wanted me to be blind and not do films anymore,…