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Oscars: Record 92 Countries Submit for Foreign-Language Race

5 October 2017 10:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday that 92 countries have submitted films for consideration in this year’s foreign-language Oscar race. The number marks a new milestone and record for the category.

Among the first-time entrants are Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal, and Syria.

Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” won the prize at February’s Oscars ceremony. The director refused to attend the ceremony in protest to Donald Trump’s travel ban on a number of predominantly-Muslim countries. In his stead, Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari accepted the honor.

High-profile contenders in this year’s race include Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” from Cambodia, Michael Haneke’s “Happy End” from Austria, Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” from Chile, Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” from France, Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” from Israel, Joachim Trier’s “Thelma” from Norway, and »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

5 October 2017 10:03 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The final deadline for submitting each country’s film for consideration for the foreign-language Oscar was October 2. Last year 85 were finally deemed eligible by the Academy; this year the number is a record 92. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. These films are vying for the initial shortlist of 9, and final five nominations to be announced on January 23. See the final list below.

Read More:Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

The frontrunners include Sweden selected Ruben Östlund’s hilarious Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” (October 27, Magnolia Pictures), an art-world satire shot in majority Swedish with some English from stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, thus giving Östlund another shot after “Force Majeure” was a surprise 2015 Oscar omission.

Germany’s choice, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” (December 27, Magnolia Pictures), won Best Actress for Diane Kruger at Cannes. »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

5 October 2017 10:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The final deadline for submitting each country’s film for consideration for the foreign-language Oscar was October 2. Last year 85 were finally deemed eligible by the Academy; this year the number is a record 92. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. These films are vying for the initial shortlist of 9, and final five nominations to be announced on January 23. See the final list below.

Read More:Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

The frontrunners include Sweden selected Ruben Östlund’s hilarious Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” (October 27, Magnolia Pictures), an art-world satire shot in majority Swedish with some English from stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, thus giving Östlund another shot after “Force Majeure” was a surprise 2015 Oscar omission.

Germany’s choice, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” (December 27, Magnolia Pictures), won Best Actress for Diane Kruger at Cannes. »

- Anne Thompson

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Official Foreign Film Submissions Thus Far

9 September 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

All the foreign submission charts have been updated to reflect the speedy announcements of new titles. We're now up to 33 I believe. Somehow I neglected to include Ireland on the submission charts. They've selected an "audacious" biopic about the singer Joe Heany called Song of Granite. The film uses both documentary footage and narrative sequences. It's in black and white and looks gorgeous in still photos

Submissions we've reviewed thus far here at Tfe...

Austria's Happy End Belgium's The Racer and the Jailbird Estonia's November Hungary's On Body and Soul

Submissions we've seen but haven't yet reviewed...

Finland's Tom of Finland

Submissions we'll be seeing soon...

Germany's In the Fade Norway's Thelma Sweden's The Square

The rest of the list (thus far - it will more than double, surely). We'll look out for opportunities to see them...

Azerbaijan's Pomegranate Orchard Bosnia & Herzegovina's Men Don't Cry Croatia's Quit Staring at My »

- NATHANIEL R

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Foreign-Language Oscar Roundup: Greece, Estonia and Others Select Their Candidates

8 September 2017 5:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Estonia, Greece, Serbia, and Iraq have chosen their candidates for the 90th foreign-language Oscar race.

Rainer Sarnet’s “November,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the best cinematography award, was chosen to represent Estonia. Based on Andrus Kivirahk’s bestselling novel “Rehepapp,” the adult fairy tale is set in an Estonian pagan village where greedy and callous residents are taking on the plague, the devil and various demonic entities. Oscilloscope will release the film in North America.

Yannis Sakardis’s second feature, “Amerika Square,” which premiered at Busan, is the foreign-language Oscar candidate from Greece. The film is based on a novel by Yannis Tsirba and centers on a bitter Greek nationalist in Athens whose apartment building and local park become resting venues for refugees.

Patra Spanou is handling world sales on “Amerika Square.” Corinth Films will release the film in the U.S., and Cada Films will release it in Spain.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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Wormwood Trailer: Errol Morris Explores CIA Secrets in Netflix Series

29 August 2017 9:28 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Errol Morris has spent most of his career making meticulous and offbeat documentaries that often focus on true stories that are, as they say, stranger than fiction. He directed just one fictional film back in 1991 called The Dark Wind but now this year he is stepping back into the realm of scripted storytelling by […] »

- Sean

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Innovative Middle East Fest to Launch in Amman

23 May 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An innovative film festival focused on first works from the Arab world is being launched by Jordan’s Royal Film Commission in tandem with Cairo-based marketing and distribution company Mad Solutions and the Arab Cinema Center.

The new Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film event, set to have its first edition June 20-25, 2018, in the Jordanian capital (pictured), will award prizes for directing, screenwriting, acting, cinematography, editing, music and production design displayed in first works by Arab directors. It has potential to gain traction as a significant industry incubator in the region.

The launch of the Amman fest is the latest development in the ever-changing Arab film festival landscape, following the recent announcement of the ambitious new El Gouna Film Festival being launching in Egypt in September, headed by respected Arab cinema expert and programmer Intishal Al Tamimi, and reports that the Marrakech Film Festival is in jeopardy after 16 editions »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Middle Eastern cinema has so much to say, and we need to be listening now more than ever

2 February 2017 6:54 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Trump’s travel ban bars these artists from entering the Us or attending the award ceremonies, and has overshadowed some critically acclaimed work

In Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, a husband seeks the truth behind a violent assault on his wife. In Hussein Hassan’s The Dark Wind, two families are torn apart by the ramifications of an Islamic State ambush. And Orlando von Einsiedel’s documentary The White Helmets follows Syrian volunteers as they help rescue women and children from airstrike rubble.

All three films have collected awards, nominations and critical acclaim for, among other things, the insights they offer into countries of the Middle East. But in a time when we need to be engaging with these stories most of all, Donald Trump’s travel ban has caused the artists behind them to cancel Us festival and award ceremony appearances – either as a direct consequence of the executive order, »

- Glenn Dunks

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Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban: How Filmmakers Around the World Are Impacted and Speaking Out

2 February 2017 5:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It didn’t take long for Middle Eastern filmmakers to respond to President Donald Trump’s executive order last week restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Within days of the order, both Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of the Oscar-nominated “The Salesman,” and the film’s lead actress, Taraneh Alidoosti, had announced that they would not be attending the 2017 Academy Awards 2017 in protest of the recently signed executive order. But while this was the highest profile response, it was hardly the only one.

Read More: Iraq Filmmaker Protests Trump Muslim Ban, Withdraws Visa Application to Attend Miami Film Festival

Other announcements followed from filmmakers who were being blocked from attending U.S. award shows or festival premieres of their work. Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami’s film “Sonita” is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, but Ghaemmaghami won’t be able to attend the February 25 ceremony.

“It seems »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘The Salesman’ Director Asghar Farhadi Won’t Attend Oscars, Citing Muslim Ban

29 January 2017 10:19 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On Sunday, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation” and whose second Oscar-nominated film “The Salesman” is playing well to arthouse moviegoers, told the The New York Times that he has canceled his plans to attend the Oscars ceremony February 26. He cited President Donald Trump’s 90-day visa ban for citizens from seven Muslim countries including Iran; the order also imposed a 120-day blockage for Muslim refugees, with an indefinite ban on all refugees from Syria.

Farhadi was planning to attend the Academy Awards with his cinematographer, but Friday’s executive order offered “ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even if exceptions were to be made for my trip … I hereby express my condemnation of the unjust conditions forced upon some of my compatriots and the citizens of the other six countries trying to legally enter the United States of »

- Anne Thompson

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‘The Salesman’ Director Asghar Farhadi Won’t Attend Oscars, Citing Muslim Ban

29 January 2017 10:19 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On Sunday, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation” and whose second Oscar-nominated film “The Salesman” is playing well to arthouse moviegoers, told the The New York Times that he has canceled his plans to attend the Oscars ceremony February 26. He cited President Donald Trump’s 90-day visa ban for citizens from seven Muslim countries including Iran; the order also imposed a 120-day blockage for Muslim refugees, with an indefinite ban on all refugees from Syria.

Farhadi was planning to attend the Academy Awards with his cinematographer, but Friday’s executive order offered “ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even if exceptions were to be made for my trip … I hereby express my condemnation of the unjust conditions forced upon some of my compatriots and the citizens of the other six countries trying to legally enter the United States of »

- Anne Thompson

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Academy Responds to Impact of Muslim Ban on Nominee Asghar Farhadi: ‘Extremely Troubling’

28 January 2017 1:01 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi made Oscar history in 2012 when his film, “A Separation,” became the first Iranian movie to with the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Now, the director is nominated in the category once again for his critically acclaimed drama “The Salesman,” but according to reports, Farhadi won’t be able to celebrate the honor and attend the ceremony in February due to President Donald Trump’s new Muslim ban.

The newly-inaugurated President signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” which bans all refugees from entering the Us and for 90 days, visas will not be issued to those from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Read More: ‘The Salesman’ Star Is Boycotting the Oscars In Protest of Donald Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

The order means that Farhadi, along with many others, won’t be able »

- Liz Calvario

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Iraqi Filmmaker Withdraws Visa Application for Miami Festival Over Trump’s Expected Immigration Restrictions

27 January 2017 11:17 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hussein Hassan, the director of the Iraqi film “Reseba — The Dark Wind,” has withdrawn his visa application to the U.S. for clearance to attend the North American premiere of his film at the upcoming Miami Film Festival.

The producer of the film, Mehmet Aktas, said Hassan withdrew his application as an act of “peaceful protest” about President Donald Trump’s expected order that will restrict entrance to the U.S. for those from some Middle Eastern nations.

Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante said the festival will proceed with the screening as scheduled, but with a “deep sense of loss and disappointment.”

“One of Miami Film Festival’s core values is to bridge cultural understanding, to provoke thought and discussion, and ‘The Dark Wind’ is one of the most timely, moving, and important films in this year’s festival,” Laplante said. “It is essential that roadblocks not be put »

- Dave McNary

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Iraq Filmmaker Protests Trump Muslim Ban, Withdraws Visa Application to Attend Miami Film Festival

27 January 2017 10:29 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hussein Hassan, the director of the Iraqi film “Reseba” aka “The Dark Wind,” has withdrawn his U.S. visa application for clearance to attend the North American premiere of his film at the Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival. The decision was made as an act of peaceful protest against President Donald Trump’s pending executive order titled “Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” that would restrict visits and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Dark Wind” is a drama about radical Islamist militants who attack a village in Iraq where a young couple prepares for marriage. Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante said the festival will proceed with the screening of the film as scheduled, but with a “deep sense of loss and disappointment,” according to a statement.

“This is just a deeply upsetting turn of events, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Iraqi director boycotts Miami fest over Trump immigration policy

26 January 2017 5:28 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival director says screening will proceed with deep sense of loss and disappointment.

ResebaThe Dark Wind director Hussein Hassan has withdrawn his visa application in peaceful protest over Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante said the festival will proceed with the North American premiere despite a deep sense of loss and disappointment.

Trump is expected to sign an executive order imminently that will restrict visits and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries including Hassan’s native Iraq.

The other six are Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia.

“One of Miami Film Festival’s core values is to bridge cultural understanding, to provoke thought and discussion, and The Dark Wind is one of the most timely, moving and important films in this year’s festival,” said Laplante.

“It is essential that roadblocks not be put in place that will present artists from the free discussion of their work, and equally »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Trump Muslim Ban Puts Miami Film Fest, Iraqi Director in the Crosshairs (Exclusive)

26 January 2017 7:04 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The film world is about to take its first hit due to a looming presidential executive order that would restrict visits and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The Miami Film Festival has been working for the past month with director Hussein Hassan to present his acclaimed film The Dark Wind for its North American premiere. But those plans have been thrown into disarray given that Hassan hails from Iraq, which is one of the seven countries listed in the draft order titled "Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals." The other countries included are Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, »

- Tatiana Siegel

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