Three Questions: This Year’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees On The Lessons They Took From Their Oscar Journeys

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The Directors

From left to right:

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma (Mexico)
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck – Never Look Away (Germany)
Hirokazu Kore-eda – Shoplifters (Japan)
Nadine Labaki – Capernaum (Lebanon)
Pawel Pawlikows…

‘Roma’s Alfonso Cuarón On Redefining Cinema In A Netflix Age & Lamenting Negative Oscar Campaigns

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What is cinema? It’s a question Alfonso Cuarón has been compelled to answer for as long as he has been making films. Is it a grand theatrical presentation, carefully calibrated and shielded from a home entertainment audience for the longest time possib…

‘The Realm’ And ‘Champions’ Prevail In Spain’s Goya Awards – Full Winners List

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Champions, a basketball-themed comedy, and The Realm, a political thriller, emerged as the top winners in Spain’s 33rd annual Goya Awards.
Roma, which was also taking the top prize across the Atlantic at Saturday night’s DGA Awards, won a G…

Oscar Nominee Caleb Deschanel On Connecting ‘Never Look Away’ With Emotion To Images + Mystery & More

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Veteran cinematographer Caleb Deschanel last week scored his sixth Oscar nomination, for his work on Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away, one of the three Foreign Language nominees that crossed into other key categories this year. Descha…

Cinema Eye Awards Tabs RaMell Ross’s ‘Hale County This Morning’ For Top Honors

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RaMell Ross’ debut feature, Hale County This Morning, This Evening, an intimate and cinematic portrait of black lives in Alabama, took the top award tonight at the 12th annual Cinema Eye Honors, winning Outstanding Nonfiction Feature. It was the second…

‘Late Afternoon’ Director Louise Bagnall Conjures Up Handmade, Watercolor World With Oscar-Contending Animated Short

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After directing her first three short films, Louise Bagnall had overcome three specific sets of hurdles, and learned an important lesson. Going forward from that point, she explains, “I didn’t want to actually start a project until I knew what it…

‘MFKZ’ Director Adapts His First Comic Book, Bringing Hard-Edged Dystopian Vision To The Screen

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In crafting MFKZ, his first feature film, Guillaume ‘Run’ Renard adapted his first comic book for the screen, realizing how challenging feature directing is, and how difficult it can be to translate the essence of a work from one medium to another. Vio…

In Multi-Part Anime Series, Producer Hisaaki Takeuchi Takes On ‘The Laws Of The Universe’

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As the producer of The Laws of the Universe—a series of anime features from Isamu Imakake—Hisaaki Takeuchi has had grand ambitions. While Part 0 launched in 2015, Part I hit theaters this year, unfurling a mythology of the universe where hu…

Oscars: Few Surprises Reflected In Foreign Language Shortlist During “Exceptionally Strong” Season

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Academy’s decision last week on the nine films it will advance to Oscar voting in the Best Foreign Language Film category is how few surprises there are. In contrast to recent years, the field largely reflect…

How ‘Roma’ Production Designer Eugenio Caballero Recreated The Corpus Christi Massacre

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For production designer Eugenio Caballero, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma was a project unlike any he’d worked on before. Nothing could truly prepare him for this black-and-white epic, the director’s most personal project to date, which he’d been thinking about…

Fresh Face: ‘Cold War’ Breakout Joanna Kulig Has Music Inside Her Soul

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 WHO
Joanna Kulig
Age: 36
Hometown: Krynica-Zdrój, Lesser Poland, Poland
 WHAT
In Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Kulig is Zula, a woman in post-war Poland who joins a folk music touring group. She begins a romance with conductor Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and …

With ‘Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms,’ Producer Kenji Horikawa Stands Behind Talent Of Visionary Newcomer

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After working with screenwriter Mari Okada for a number of years, producer Kenji Horikawa needed to learn to work with the artist in a different way, as she set out to make her directorial debut with Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms. An ambitiou…

‘Cold War’ Cinematographer Lukasz Zal Brings High-Contrast Black And White To Emotionally Volatile Love Story

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On Cold War, which marked his second collaboration with Pawel Pawlikowski, cinematographer Lukasz Zal built on his rapport with the Polish director to find an exciting new way of working. In his first-go round with the director, on 2013’s Ida, Zal earn…

With ‘Buñuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles’, Director Salvador Simó Delves Into Origins Of Iconic Filmmaker

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With his latest feature, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, writer/director Salvador Simó dove into a pivotal moment in the life of one of his artistic heroes. Striving to demystify an icon who maintained a shroud of secrecy around himself, Simó o…

‘Funan’ Director Denis Do Portrays The Human Side Of The Khmer Rouge Regime, And The Devastation They Brought

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With Funan, his feature film debut, Denis Do took on his family’s remarkable history, coming to understand and connect with it in an entirely new way. Set in Cambodia in April of 1975, the animated drama examines a mother who has been torn from her 4-y…

With Little Money & Even Less Time, ‘Border’ Makeup Designers Transform European Talents Into Trolls

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Called upon to design makeup for Ali Abbasi’s Border—a singularly dark and clever fantasy, which won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard prize and has been selected as Sweden’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film—Göran Lundström would do some of the…

Oscars: Can Promising Outliers Sneak Into The Category Of Best Foreign Language Film?

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There are 87 titles vying for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award this year, in what continues to be a robust lineup of talent, with rich tales to tell from faraway lands. With a number of previous winners and nominees returning for another go…

Yalitza Aparicio’s Unlikely Journey From Aspiring Preschool Teacher To Oscar Hopeful In Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma

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Yalitza Aparicio had just completed her teacher training for preschool in her hometown of Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca when she was cast to play Cleo in Alfonso Cuarón’s retelling of his own childhood in Mexico City, Roma. She had no aspirations to act—her s…

With ‘Ruben Brandt, Collector’, Director Milorad Krstić Expresses His Peculiar “Graphical World”

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The feature directorial debut of 66-year-old Slovenian artist Milorad Krstić, Ruben Brandt, Collector is almost indescribable in its level of ambition and imagination, an impassioned pastiche of genre elements that pays homage to the hundreds of artist…

Filmmaker Teemu Nikki’s Inspiration For Finland’s Oscar Entry ‘Euthanizer’: “I Wanted To Make ‘Dirty Harry’ With Animals”

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Finland’s Oscar entry this year, Teemu Nikki’s Euthanizer, sets up some intriguing paradoxes about the way humans treat animals, and the way humans treat each other.
Local Finnish character actor Matt Onnismaa stars as Veijo, a mechanic who…