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9 Foreign Film Finalists for the Oscar Race

by Nathaniel R

"The Wound" from South Africa might be the biggest surprise on the finalist list.The Academy's foreign film nominating committees have whittled down the 92 contenders to 9. If you've forgotten or never heard the procedure it involves multiple volunteers watching a certain number of entries to be eliglble to vote on them. The top six films advance from those ballots and the executive committee chooses another three which makes the 9 finalists. Then a final committee watches the nine finalists and votes to determine the five nominations. We correctly predicted 7 of the 9 finalist (you can peak here though we'll be updating that chart to reflect the official standings shortly)

A Fantastic Woman directed by Sebastián Lelio for Chile

In the Fade directed by Fatih Akin for Germany

On Body and Soul Ildikó Enyedi for Hungary

Foxtrot directed by Samuel Maoz for Israel

The Insult directed by Ziad Doueiri for
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Oscar Best Foreign Language Film shortlist revealed by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-12-15 14:26:23

A Fantastic Woman director Sebastián Lelio Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The 90th Academy Awards Oscar Best Foreign Language Film shortlist has been revealed.

From Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, director; Germany, In The Fade (Cannes Best Actress, Diane Kruger), Fatih Akin, director; Israel, Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz, director; South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove, director; Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis, director; Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director; Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund, director; Hungary, On Body And Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, director; Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, director are the nine films selected, six by Los Angeles-based Academy members and three additional films by the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee.

Foxtrot director Samuel Maoz with his star Lior Ashkenazi Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Square won six European Film Awards, including Best Actor for Claes Bang. Foxtrot took home the Silver Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.

A Fantastic Woman, In The
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The Academy announces the shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it has narrowed the field of 92 submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards to a shortlist of nine movies:

Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, director

Germany, In the Fade, Fatih Akin, director

Hungary, On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, director

Israel, Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz, director

Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, dirctor

Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis, director

South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove, director

Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund, director

Absent from the shortlist was Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, which was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language earlier this week.

You can also check out the movies still in contention for the Best Animated Feature Oscar and Best Visual Effects Oscar.

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be
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These Are The Foreign Language Films Shortlisted For Oscar

A Fantastic Woman

The 92 films submitted to compete for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Oscars have now been whittled down to just nine. The films will now screen to members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in early January who will then put five films forward for official nominations in the category, which will be announced on 23rd January, 2018.

The nine shortlisted are:

Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, director;

Germany, In the Fade, Fatih Akin, director

Hungary, On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, director

Israel, Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz, director

Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, director

Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis, director

South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove, director

Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund, director

The Square took the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, winning the Palme d’Or, while On Body and Soul was the big
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Angelina Jolie And ‘Bpm” Snubbed As Oscar Reveals Its 2018 Foreign Language Film Shortlist

Los Angeles members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have screened all 93 foreign language submissions. The foreign language committee has met, reviewed the tabulations and added three “saves” to the six highest scoring films. There are now nine finalists for the Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director

Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director

Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director

Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director

Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director

Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director

South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director

Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director

The biggest snub this year was Robert Campillo’s “Bpm.” The French drama chronicling the work of Act Up Paris won the Grand Prize at Cannes as well as Best Foreign Language Film from Lafca, the Nyfcc and the Sffcc, among others.
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The 2018 Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: 9 Films, Many Snubs and Surprises

Whittling down this year’s record 92 foreign-language Oscar submissions to a shortlist of nine was a challenge for the Academy which, under the leadership of new president John Bailey, instituted voting changes for the disparate group of Academy volunteers commandeered by foreign-language committee chair Mark Johnson.

Eight of the films were well-known from festival play and have been racking up awards, most notably European Film Awards winner “The Square.” Two lesser-known films that were not widely predicted made the cut, “Félicité” from Senegal and “The Wound” from South Africa. Steady as they go for Sony Pictures Classics and Magnolia Pictures, which lead the field with three and two films, respectively.

The nine films are listed alphabetically below.

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile, Sony Pictures Classics)

Berlin debuted Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama, which won Best Screenplay and played well at Telluride and Toronto.

Félicité” (Senegal, Strand Releasing)

In Alain Gomis’s family drama,
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The 2018 Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: 9 Films, Many Snubs and Surprises

Whittling down this year’s record 92 foreign-language Oscar submissions to a shortlist of nine was a challenge for the Academy which, under the leadership of new president John Bailey, instituted voting changes for the disparate group of Academy volunteers commandeered by foreign-language committee chair Mark Johnson.

Eight of the films were well-known from festival play and have been racking up awards, most notably European Film Awards winner “The Square.” Two lesser-known films that were not widely predicted made the cut, “Félicité” from Senegal and “The Wound” from South Africa. Steady as they go for Sony Pictures Classics and Magnolia Pictures, which lead the field with three and two films, respectively.

The nine films are listed alphabetically below.

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile, Sony Pictures Classics)

Berlin debuted Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama, which won Best Screenplay and played well at Telluride and Toronto.

Félicité” (Senegal, Strand Releasing)

In Alain Gomis’s family drama,
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Oscars: Nine Films Advance in Foreign-Language Race

Oscars: Nine Films Advance in Foreign-Language Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the nine films advancing in this year’s Oscar race for best foreign language film.

Acclaimed films omitted from the list include Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” from Cambodia and Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” from France. Campillo’s film is the most critically laureled film of the year so far, having picked up five prizes from critics groups, including both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.

The nine finalists for nominations in 2017 are:

Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director

Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director

Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director

Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director

Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director

Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director

South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director

Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director

For the foreign competition,
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Taking the waters by Anne-Katrin Titze

Foxtrot star Lior Ashkenazi with his director Samuel Maoz and Anne-Katrin Titze at Sony Pictures Classics Photo: Gary Springer

Foxtrot, Israel's Oscar submission, directed by Samuel Maoz, stars Lior Ashkenazi (terrific in Joseph Cedar's Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer opposite Richard Gere), Sarah Adler (Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette) and Yonaton Shiray (Natalie Portman's A Tale Of Love And Darkness).

Maoz, whose last film Lebanon won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, teams up again with cinematographer Giora Bejach to produce an emotionally charged drama of man-made destiny. It begins with every parent's worst nightmare. Lior told me earlier that in Israel audiences knew from the first second what kind of news the military officers were bearing to the Feldmann family.

Michael Feldmann (Lior Ashkenazi) with his wife Dafna (Sarah Adler)

It might take international audiences a moment longer
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‘Foxtrot’ Film Review: Israel’s Oscar Entry Doesn’t Dance Around the Complexities of War

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‘Foxtrot’ Film Review: Israel’s Oscar Entry Doesn’t Dance Around the Complexities of War
Samuel Maoz’s Israeli drama “Foxtrot” is willfully confusing, emotionally chaotic, and occasionally anarchic. It makes complete sense from one angle, but no sense at all from another. In other words, it reflects its subject perfectly. As the movie opens, Michael Feldmann (Israeli superstar Lior Ashkenazi, “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer”) has just learned that his soldier son was killed on duty. But is Jonathan (Yonaton Shiray) actually dead? No. Maybe. Yes? Maoz (“Lebanon”) isn’t going to make this easy for anyone. He shoots the story in three uncomfortably interconnected acts, with multiple perspectives and.
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How ‘Foxtrot’ Angered Israel’s Minister of Culture — and Became the Country’s Oscar Submission, Anyway

How ‘Foxtrot’ Angered Israel’s Minister of Culture — and Became the Country’s Oscar Submission, Anyway
Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” is a searing vision of Israeli life overshadowed by military duty. Maoz’s poetic window into the grievances of Israeli society resonates, given the accolades it’s received since its fall festival premiere. A few weeks after snagging the Silver Lion grand jury prize from the Venice Film Festival, “Foxtrot” swept the Ophir Awards, Israel’s grandest celebration of cinema, automatically making it the country’s official Oscar submission into the foreign-language category.

Foxtrot” faced a chillier reception in its native land. Immediately after its Venice win, Israeli minister of culture Miri Regev took to Facebook: “When an Israeli film wins an international prize, the heart fills with pride and my natural desire is to strengthen and encourage the Israeli success,” she wrote. “This rule has one exception — when the international embrace is the result of self-flagellation and cooperation with the anti-Israel narrative.”

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Official Oscar® Entry Best Foreign Language Film from Israel: ‘Foxtrot’

Official Oscar® Entry Best Foreign Language Film from Israel: ‘Foxtrot’
Foxtrot, the most talked-about film in Israel this year, opens with an affluent Tel Aviv couple learning that their son, a soldier, has died in the line of duty. The film initially follows the parents in the hours after they learn of his death. It then follows their son’s experiences during his military service as one of four soldiers manning a checkpoint. Finally, the film follows the parents six months after his death.

At the Toronto International Film Festival screening Samuel MaozFoxtrot was the subject of a bidding war topping $100,000 for North American rights, won by Sony Pictures Classics.

Watch the trailer here.

The film which begins as a quiet story about parents’ grief takes unexpected and surreal twists and as a satire, it has been sharply denounced by Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev as a defamation of the State of Israel.

Director Samuel Maoz receives the Silver
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Middle East Hopes to Pull Off Another Oscar Win

Middle East Hopes to Pull Off Another Oscar Win
With last year’s winner, Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” hailing from Iran, Oscar handicappers should be sure to give the Middle Eastern titles close scrutiny this time around. Among the region’s 11 submissions are several films likely to be highly competitive in the foreign-language category. These include the 2017 Venice prize winners “Foxtrot,” from Israel, helmed by Samuel Maoz (“Lebanon”) and “The Insult,” from Lebanon, directed by Ziad Doueiri, whose first feature “West Beirut” was also a Lebanese submission.

The lineup also includes a rare title from Syria, the documentary “Little Gandhi” about Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar. Another title with an unusual pedigree is Afghanistan’s “A Letter to the President,” a rough-edged feminist drama about a female Kabul police chief, helmed by Roya Sadat, the country’s first distaff director to emerge in the post-Taliban era.

Could this finally be Israel’s year? The country has submitted films for the foreign-language Oscar since 1964, receiving 10 nominations
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Venice Prize Winner ‘Foxtrot’ Is One Of The Year’s Best [BFI London Film Fest Review]

Back in 2009, one of the most notable names to appear on the world film scene was Samuel Maoz. The then-47-year-old filmmaker, a former documentarian, made his feature debut with “Lebanon,” a gripping war drama set entirely within a tank during the 1982 conflict between Israel and Lebanon, a conflict which Maoz himself had fought in, in a similar role. Despite Maoz’s first-timer status, it landed in competition at the 2009 Venice Film Festival and, furthermore, took the top prize, the Golden Lion, beating out films including “White Material,” “A Single Man” and “The Road.”

Maoz seemed likely to break out to a much wider audience, and yet, in the last eight years, he has been largely absent.

Continue reading Venice Prize Winner ‘Foxtrot’ Is One Of The Year’s Best [BFI London Film Fest Review] at The Playlist.
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Oscars: Record 92 Countries Submit for Foreign-Language Race

Oscars: Record 92 Countries Submit for Foreign-Language Race
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
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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders
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.
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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders
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.
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Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Foxtrot,’ Israel’s Ophir Winner and Oscar Entry

Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Foxtrot,’ Israel’s Ophir Winner and Oscar Entry
Sony Pictures Classics released Samuel Maoz’s last film “Lebanon” and hung out with the Israeli filmmaker at the recent Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, where Venice Grand Jury Prize-winner “Foxtrot,” a moving and humorous exploration of grief and loss, was a rousing success. So it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired North American rights to the winner of eight Ophir awards, including Best Picture and Director.

Read More:‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review

Any film that wins the Ophir is the automatic Israeli entry for the Oscars. With it, Spc adds yet another arrow to its quiver of this year’s foreign-language arsenal, which already includes Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” (Sebastian Leilo) and likely Russian entry “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev).

In our review of the film, Eric Kohn wrote that its a “brilliant followup” to Maoz’s previous offering,
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Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Foxtrot,’ Israel’s Ophir Winner and Oscar Entry

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Sony Pictures Classics released Samuel Maoz’s last film “Lebanon” and hung out with the Israeli filmmaker at the recent Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, where Venice Grand Jury Prize-winner “Foxtrot,” a moving and humorous exploration of grief and loss, was a rousing success. So it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired North American rights to the winner of eight Ophir awards, including Best Picture and Director.

Read More:‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review

Any film that wins the Ophir is the automatic Israeli entry for the Oscars. With it, Spc adds yet another arrow to its quiver of this year’s foreign-language arsenal, which already includes Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” (Sebastian Leilo) and likely Russian entry “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev).

In our review of the film, Eric Kohn wrote that its a “brilliant followup” to Maoz’s previous offering,
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