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63 Countries Fight for Best Foreign Language Oscar Nomination

17 October 2011 2:36 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

From Albania to Vietnam, 63 countries are hoping that their film entry will get picked to fill one of the five slots for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

Five slots, 63 countries, the competition is fierce! Is your country of choice one of the 63 hopefuls?

I'm happy that my home country, the Philippines, has an entry, the dramedy "The Woman in the Septic Tank" from director Marlon N. Rivera. Released in the Philippines on August 3rd, the film became the highest grossing independent movie in my country's cinema history. So keeping my fingers crossed for this movie!

The shortlist will be released in January and then it will be whittled down to five contenders when the nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The winner will be announced on Oscar night on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Take a look at the complete list of Best Foreign Language hopefuls:

Albania, "Amnesty, »

- Manny

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63 Countries Submit Films for Final List of 2012 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders

14 October 2011 10:14 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday the Academy finally released the full list of 2012 Foreign Language Oscar contenders adding four films I did not have on my previous list from the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, United Kingdom and a mysterious title I can't find anything about from Kazakhstan and now that the short list has been announced and everyone has posted the Academy's press release it's like searching for a needle in a haystack if you go looking for more information on it. That said, if anyone has a link to any information on Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky's Returning to the 'A' I would love to share it as I have links and information for all other 62 films submitted for consideration. As I said in my last post addressing the category, I haven't seen any of these films, a rarity for me, but based on buzz the top contenders would seem to include Zhang Yimou's The War of Flowers, »

- Brad Brevet

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Oscar 2012: 63 Best Foreign Language Film Submissions

13 October 2011 3:29 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Oscar 2012: New Zealand/First Samoan Feature Among Best Foreign Language Film Contenders Albania, Amnesty, Bujar Alimani, director; Argentina, Aballay, Fernando Spiner, director; Austria, Breathing, Karl Markovics, director; Belgium, Bullhead, Michael R. Roskam, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belvedere, Ahmed Imamovic, director; Brazil, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, José Padilha, director; Bulgaria, Tilt, Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director; Canada, Monsieur Lazhar, Philippe Falardeau, director; Chile, Violeta Went to Heaven, Andrés Wood, director; China, The Flowers of War, Zhang Yimou, director; Colombia, The Colors of the Mountain, Carlos César Arbeláez, director; Croatia, 72 Days, Danilo Serbedzija, director; Cuba, Havanastation, Ian Padrón, director; Czech Republic, Alois Nebel, Tomás Lunák, director; Denmark, Superclásico, Ole Christian Madsen, director; Dominican Republic, Love Child, Leticia Tonos, director; Egypt, Lust, Khaled el Hagar, director; Estonia, Letters to Angel, Sulev Keedus, director; Finland, Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki, director; France, Declaration of War, »

- Steve Montgomery

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One of These Sixty-Three Films Will Win The Best Foreign Film Oscar

13 October 2011 2:30 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We gave you an update a few weeks ago, but The Academy now has its final list of the 63 films competing for Best Foreign Film Oscar. This list will get cut down as films screen and the committee decides on a final five when the nominations get announced late January. The notable films include Iran’s A Separation, which we adored and China’s massive budget The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale (which isn’t even complete to my knowledge).

Mexico’s Miss Bala (read our Cannes and Vancouver reviews) and Finland’s Le Havre (our Cannes and Toronto reviews) are also contenders. Lebanon’s Where Do We Go Now? is also in the mix, a drama that won the top prize at Toronto. There are many others we’ve seen at festivals, so follow that coverage here as we head into Oscar season. Check out the press release below. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar(R)

13 October 2011 1:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Press Release:

Beverly Hills, CA - Sixty-three countries, including first-time entrant New Zealand, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®.

The 2011 submissions are:

Albania, “Amnesty,” Bujar Alimani, director;

Argentina, “Aballay,” Fernando Spiner, director;

Austria, “Breathing,” Karl Markovics, director;

Belgium, “Bullhead,” Michael R. Roskam, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina,”Belvedere,” Ahmed Imamovic, director;

Brazil, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” José Padilha, director;

Bulgaria, “Tilt,” Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director;

Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar,” Philippe Falardeau, director;

Chile, “Violeta Went to Heaven,” Andrés Wood, director;

China, “The Flowers of War,” Zhang Yimou, director;

Colombia, “The Colors of the Mountain,” Carlos César Arbeláez, director;

Croatia, “72 Days,” Danilo Serbedzija, director;

Cuba, “Havanastation,” Ian Padrón, director;

Czech Republic,”Alois Nebel,” Tomás Lunák, director;

Denmark, “Superclásico,” Ole Christian Madsen, director;

Dominican Republic,”Love Child,” Leticia Tonos, director;

Egypt, “Lust,” Khaled el Hagar, director;

Estonia, “Letters to Angel,” Sulev Keedus, director;

Finland, »

- Michelle McCue

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Viff 2011: Seediq Bale Review

12 October 2011 3:24 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale has all the appropriate surface elements of an epic, but lacks the emotional gravity to lift it beyond simply an impressive production. A grand spectacle that tips the scales of action and melodrama at its own leisurely four-and-a-half hour pace, Seediq Bale is an archetypal tale of repression and rebellion chronicling the 1930 uprising of the Seediq, an aboriginal tribe living in the interior of Taiwan, against the ruling Japanese colonists. Historically known as the Wushe Incident, the cinematic treatment of the battle is an unapologetic pageant garnished with an unrelenting body count. The number of lopped off heads may be one of its conceits, but, with a cast of 15,000 and a budget of $10 million, so »

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The Complete List of All 60 Films Submitted for Foreign Language Consideration at the 2012 Oscars

7 October 2011 2:04 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Update: The total is now 60 films as Steve Pond at The Wrap informs us the Domenican Republic's submission La hija natural has been accepted. He also says we should expect four or five more films to be added to the list by the time things are said and done. My original post follows...

The deadline for countries to submit films for consideration at this year's Oscars was Monday, October 3 and this year's list is a little lighter than last (so far) as 60 countries have offered up submissions compared to 66 last year and 67 the year before that. Looking over the complete list, which I have included directly below and can always be viewed in my "The Contenders" section right here, there are a few that stand out based on what I've heard, but then again, this is the first year I can ever remember where I haven't seen a single one of the entries. »

- Brad Brevet

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Daily Briefing. La Rebellion and Golden Horses

7 October 2011 10:41 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Here's how John Patterson opens a terrific piece in the La Weekly: "A priceless cinematic time capsule of the African-American experience in post-Watts Los Angeles; a kaleidoscope of the multiple mindsets of a community in profound flux; a sustained rebuke and a consciously developed alternative to the plantation economics and racist narratives of the then-current 'blaxploitation' boom; exemplary first steps along a filmmaking road finally not taken — (but oh, the possibilities glimpsed herein!): L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema is all of these and more. This collection of the highlights of the legendary but only partially understood African-American film explosion at UCLA in the 70s and early 80s is a priceless work of excavation and restoration, and as an La-specific filmic event it's unlikely to be surpassed in the near future." Part of Pacific Standard Time, the series opens today and runs through December 17.

"Now in its fifth year, »

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"Golden Horse" Nominees Include Two Oscar Hopefuls

4 October 2011 6:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

China's Oscar submission this year, Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War (previously discussed) was not released in time to show up in the nominations for its own country's Oscar equivalent. Nevertheless two Asian submissions for this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar race are competing for the "Golden Horse". While there are multiple film awards which hail from Asia (it can be horribly confusing to follow) The Golden Horse is the oldest and most inclusive of the awards institutions as there are no nationality requirements, only that the film be predominantly in a Chinese language. As is our habit and general proclivity let's start with Best Picture and Best Actress, the two most important categories in any awards show.

Let the Bullets Fly, Piano in a Factory and A Simple Life (pictured) compete for "Best Feature Film" alongside "Return Ticket" and "Seediq Bale"

Best Picture

Let the Bullets Fly (China / Hong »


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Wei Te-sheng's "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale"

26 September 2011 6:55 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Fandor's Kevin B Lee on Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, which screened in Competition in Venice and was a Special Presentation in Toronto: "The most expensive film ever made in Taiwan, this 150-minute epic tells the story of Taiwanese Seediq aborigines fiercely battling the oppression of Japanese occupiers in the 1930s. It's an awkwardly timed project given the global sympathies directed this year at tragedy-stricken Japan, but this project was years in the making as an attempt to put Taiwan squarely on the map as a maker of global blockbusters. It's no coincidence then that its story of spiritually endowed forest-dwelling natives fighting technologically superior enemies has strong echoes of Avatar; even the dialogue is in subtitled aboriginal dialect."

The Hollywood Reporter's Deborah Young sensed those echoes, too: "The action is set in the spell-binding Avatar-land of Mount Chilai and its lush rain forest, where waterfalls and rainbows, narrow »

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Race Begins For Best Foreign-Language Oscar

24 September 2011 8:10 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Earlier in the month we celebrated with Happy Happy director Anne Sewitsky when her dulcet dogme dramedy was selected as Norway’s submission for the 84th Annual Academy Awards’ foreign-language category. Since then a bevy of other countries have chosen their entries, many of which will be screened at part of the New York Film Festival in a few weeks including: Wim Wenders’s Pina, Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre, Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse, Joseph Cedar’s Footnote, Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation and Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala. {Look for reviews in the coming weeks here.}

Among other notable entries is China’s submission The Flowers of War, a historical drama that reveals the invasion of the Japanese Imperial Army in 1937 Nanking. The film’s director Zhang Yimou has twice earned Oscar nods in this category (for Raise the Red Lantern and Ju Dou) and notably directed »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Oscar Update: 18 New Foreign Language Titles Including Zhang Yimou's 'Flowers of War' with Christian Bale

23 September 2011 3:56 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We are looking for upwards of 65 total submissions for Oscar's list of Foreign Language contenders and we are inching closer as I have just added 18 more titles to the list bringing the total up to 40. Today I added submissions from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Peru, Slovakia, South Africa and Vietnam along with China's submission of Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale.

Yimou, as I'm sure most of you know, is best known for helming House of Flying Daggers and Hero and with Flowers of War he's working from an adaptation of Geling Yan's novel "13 Flowers of Nanjing," centering on the Nanjing Massacre, when Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese citizens in what was then the nation's capital in 1937. Bale plays John Haufman, an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle and the ensuing occupation takes shelter, »

- Brad Brevet

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24 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders Already Lined Up as Festival Standout 'Le Havre' Finds Distribution

19 September 2011 2:14 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I haven't talked much if at all about this year's foreign language Oscar race, primarily because I have only seen one of the 24 films submitted so far and that is Russia's entry, Burnt by the Sun 2: Citadel, which I saw at Cannes last year and didn't particularly enjoy. There are several I've heard of including Wim Wenders' 3D documentary Pina, Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse, Where Do We Go Now? which just won the Toronto Film Festival Audience Award, Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin, A Separation which people seem to either love or hate, Agnieszka Holland's Polish-set Ww II feature In Darkness and Aki Kaurismaki's Le Havre, which was just picked up for distribution by Janus Films and will hit Los Angeles theaters on October 21.

Le Havre was a big hit at Cannes earlier this year where I also missed it and had too much »

- Brad Brevet

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