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The shortlist for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was revealed today. The most surprising thing about the list of title wasn’t who was included, instead, it’s all about who was left off.
A few notable contenders and heavily-favoured films from the long list of submissions, including Canada’s ownMommy, failed to make the cut. Slimmed down to a shortlist of nine contenders, other major exclusions included Cannes Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep from Turkey, the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night starringMarion Cotillard, the Golden Globe nominated Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem from Israel, and the Philippines’ Norte: the End of History.
As a nation, we hung our hopes on Xavier Dolan’s film which won the Jury Prize at Cannes. Mommy marks the second time a Dolan film has been submitted and failed to make the shortlist. Canada previously submitted his 2009 film I Killed My Mother. »
- Rachel West
By Anjelica Oswald
Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) has been met with rave reviews since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival for its humorous stories and unconventional methods. The feature film consists of six thematically similar, yet unrelated shorts. Wild Tales is Argentina’s submission for best foreign-language film at the Oscars and is one of 83 films up for consideration. Nine films will make the shortlist in January, but only five will be nominated. Looking at films that have been nominated in the 21st century, comedies haven’t had much success at being submitted or nominated, but Wild Tales could be one of the exceptions.
Pedro Almodovar is one of the producers for Wild Tales, which may help the film find success at the Oscars. Almodovar’s twisted sense of humor has been appreciated by the Academy in past years. 1988’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown »
- Anjelica Oswald
Despite seven nominations, Canada has only won Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars once -- "The Barbarian Invasions" back in 2003. However, more recently it reaped three bids in a row beginning in 2010 (“Incendies,” “Monsieur Lazhar,” “War Witch”). Can this year's submission, "Mommy," build on that momentum? -Break- Despite being just 25, “Mommy” marks director Xavier Dolan’s fifth film. His 2009 feature debut, “I Killed My Mother,” was Canada’s Oscars entry back in 2009 but did not reap a bid. This time around, he is coming off a Special Jury Prize at Cannes for his efforts, whcih also included producer, writer, editor, costume designer and subtitle translator. Thelma Adams: It's too early to start narrowing the Oscars race The title character in "Mommy" is a widowed working-class woman (Anne Dorval) struggling to raise her unstable teen »
It is official, Canada. We have a film in the race for the Foreign Language Oscar.
Canada has selected Xavier Dolan’s Mommy to be our official entry for the category which sees non-English submissions from around the world. Only one film per country may be submitted. Mommy’s selection doesn’t mean that it’s guaranteed a shot at Oscar, at this point in time it merely means that we have joined the hunt for the Academy Award. From here, the list of submitted films is whittled down to a shortlist from which the eventual five nominees are selected.
Dolan’s Mommy is a hot commodity in the film community having picked up the Jury Prize at Cannes, where we were able to speak to the director about the movie, moments before the film's rapturous reception.
This marks the second time one of Dolan’s films has been submitted for consideration. »
- Rachel West
Canadian wunderkind director Xavier Dolan scored the Jury Prize in his first time in the main Cannes Competition earlier this year with Mommy. The film has now been selected to represent Canada in the Foreign Language Oscar race. While the last Canadian film to win an Oscar was 2003’s The Barbarian Invasions, the country has had a strong showing with four nominees since 2006. Mommy is 25-year-old Dolan’s fifth film as director and his second to rep Canada after his 2009 breakout I Killed My Mother. Produced by Nancy Grant, Mommy stars Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément. It’s set in a fictional Canada, where a new law allows distressed parents to abandon troubled children to the hospital system. Séville International handled sales of the film which was acquired by Roadside Attractions domestically.
Another Cannes competitor, Two Days, One Night, has been chosen to rep Belgium. This is »
- Nancy Tartaglione
At 25 years old, Montreal native Xavier Dolan has already accomplished more than many filmmakers do in a lifetime.
Earlier this year, his latest film "Mommy" took the Jury Prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Now, Dolan may have a chance to walk across an even greater stage: the film has been submitted as Canada's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, Telefilm Canada announced in a Friday news release.
"It's a very nice honour and a beautiful challenge that feeds my competitive nature," Dolan told CTV News.
"It's the first of many steps."
This isn't the first time Dolan has been up for Oscar consideration. In 2010, his debut "I Killed My Mother" also was submitted as Canada's entry for Best Foreign Language Film.
"For the last several years, Canadian cinema has made waves at the Oscars with strong and audacious films," Telefilm Canada executive director Carolle Brabant said in a statement. »
- Jesse Ferreras
You won't find many comedies in the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category (2003's "The Barbarian Invasions" and last year's "The Great Beauty" stand out as recent, funny-ish winners). But that's not stopping Sweden from backing Ruben Östlund's incisive, family dramedy, "Force Majeure," as its 2015 contender. The film's first trailer should help skeptics understand the decision. Picking up an Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Östlund's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"-esque film chronicles a Swedish family's week-long vacation at a ski resort in the French Alps. Everything's swimming along nicely, until a controlled avalanche cascading towards the resort's breakfast patio (the "great force" in question) scares the family into a retreating frenzy. With their lives appearing to be on the line, the father (Johannes Kuhnke) beelines away from the snow to save his own skin. The mother (Lisa Loven Kongsli), on the other hand, instinctually grabs and protects the kids. »
- Matt Patches
For its upcoming third edition (12-16 November), Los Cabos International Film Festival (previously known as Baja International Film Festival) has a brand new image, but it is once again showcasing the cinema of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The festival revealed yesterday the details regarding the Canadian part of its official selection. It also confirmed a couple of tributes, dedicated to two widely celebrated Canadian filmmakers. It's all about Canada so far for this Mexican film festival, indeed. The directors that are being honored by Los Cabos are Denys Arcand and Atom Egoyan. Arcand is best known for The Decline of the American Empire and its Academy Award-winning sequel, The Barbarian Invasions. Egoyan is a longtime favorite at the Cannes Film Festival, with such awarded...
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It’s been a decade since Denys Arcand became the first French-Canadian director to win an Oscar for foreign-language film with his still-potent “The Barbarian Invasions,” but watching his latest, “An Eye for Beauty,” it feels like it’s been much longer. , this purported romantic comedy-drama contains little of the three, at best serving as a sort of extended L.L. Bean advertisement, full of fabulously shot footage of Eastern Canadian vistas and the well-dressed rustic yuppies who live there. Pic should be a tough sell outside Quebec.
Our allegedly sympathetic protagonist, Luc (Eric Bruneau), is a wealthy, renowned thirtysomething architect, who inhabits an impeccable house in a marvelously photogenic rural area near Quebec City. He’s outlandishly handsome and fit, married to the statuesque blond bombshell Stephanie (Melanie Thierry), knows his wine, grows bushels of his own Humboldt County pot in the nearby woods, drives a flashy T-Bird, sings tenor in the church choir, »
- Andrew Barker
Los Cabos International Film Festival will honor Canadian filmmakers Denys Arcand, Atom Egoyan and Mexico's Guillermo Arriaga in November. The lineup will feature Arcand's latest feature An Eye for Beauty and his Oscar winner The Barbarian Invasions; Egoyan's thriller The Captive and the Oscar-nominated The Sweet Hereafter; and the North America premiere of the Arriaga-produced omnibus Words With Gods. Jury members for the official selection include actor-director Diego Luna, Toronto International Film Festival director Piers Handling and film critic Mark Adams. Heading into its third edition, Los Cabos runs from Nov. 12 – 16. The annual
- John Hecht
The company also confirmed that it will distribute the film directly in Quebec and Canada, where it will be released theatrically on May 15. The film will screen privately for buyers at Cannes.
The film, which stars Eric Bruneau, Melanie Thierry, Melanie Merkosky and Marie‐Josee Croze, tells the story of Luc, a young architect with remarkable talent who lives a peaceful life with his wife Stephanie in the stunning area of Charlevoix. One day, he accepts an invitation to be a member of an architectural jury in Toronto. There, he meets Lindsay, a mysterious woman who will turn his life upside down. »
- Leo Barraclough
By comparison, Quebecois helmer Denys Arcand’s output might be one film for every five that Xavier Dolan manages to produce, but nonetheless, his films are much appreciated by an adoring public that reaches well beyond Quebec’s borders. Formerly going by the production title of “Deux Nuits,” Le règne de la beauté (translates into The Reign of Beauty) has all the markings of of Arcandian themes: gender relations and fragility of institutions (such as relationships) with a usual pinch of black humor (which doesn’t seem apparent in the trailer below). Pegged as a possible selection for Main Comp at the Cannes Film Festival, this ensemble includes French actress Mélanie Thierry (The Princess of Montpensier) and cross continental thesp Marie-Josée Croze (winner for the Best Actress award in 2003 for Arcand’s The Barbarian Invasions). This is one for the grown-ups.
- Eric Lavallee
Miami – Sold by Mundial, a joint venture of Im Global and Mexico’s Canana, Brazilian Fernando Coimbra’s “A Wolf at the Door” topped the 31st Miami Film Festival Saturday, along with Chilean Rodrigo Sepulveda’s “Aurora.”
Adding to major kudos at the San Sebastian and Rio de Janeiro fests, “A Wolf” scooped the Knight Grand Jury Prize and best director award in Miami’s main Knight Competition, which features first-time feature filmmakers from Latin America, Spain and Portugal such as Coimbra and Matias Luchessi, along with more experienced directors making a step up in scale – Patxi Amezcua, with “7th Floor,” starring Ricardo Darin, and Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, with “To Kill a Man,” a Sundance grand jury prize winner.
Awarded by a jury of “The Impossible” producer Enrique Lopez Lavigne, Juan of the Dead” helmer Alejandro Brugues and “So Much Water” producer Agustina Chiarino, the double Miami plaudits confirm “Wolf, »
- John Hopewell
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