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Film: Footnote (2011) Cast includes: Lior Ashkenazi (Walk on Water), Shlomo Bar-Abe (Witness in the War Zone) Writer/Director: Joseph Cedar (Beaufort) Genre: Comedy | Drama | Satire (103 minutes) Hebrew with subtitles It's the "most difficult day in Professor Eliezer Shkolnik's life." Today his son, Professor Uriel Shkolnik, is being inducted into Israel's National Academy. It's obviously a family of academic over-achievers, who inhabit a world of scholars, measuring their self-worth by the academic organizations they've been invited to join, the prizes they've won and the scholarly works they've published. So why is it such a difficult day for Eliezer Shkolnik? Well, "there are a few things worth knowing about Shkolnik (father)." On the brink of publishing the findings of 30 years worth of Talmudic research, his efforts were undermined and rendered worthless by that scoundrel, Grossman. Today, all Shkolnik (father) can boast is an obscure footnote citing him in someone else's research paper. »
- Leslie Sisman
With just six days until Oscar nominations, the Academy has released the finalist list for Best Foreign Language Film. Iran's wondrous A Separation (see my top ten list) might just go all the way. While it's true that most pundits are already predicting just that, I've been more cautious. Masterpieces are often tripped up in this category by more heartwarming or traditonally baity mass-appeal films in the final heat. The biggest surprise here might be the omission of Lebanon's 'can't we all get along' musical Where Do We Go Now? which some pundits, including myself, had suspected might be a real threat given its populist pull. It won the People's Choice at Toronto which generally bodes well for Oscar traction. Not this time.
Poland's "In Darkness" is "A Separation"'s chief rival now; it's a Holocaust drama.
The Finalist List
- NATHANIEL R
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