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Oscars 2016: Best Foreign Language Film

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The contenders (with the few that I've seen in bold):

Afghanistan, "Utopia," Hassan Nazer, director;
Albania, "Bota," Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, directors;
Algeria, "Twilight of Shadows," Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, director;
Argentina, "The Clan," Pablo Trapero, director;
Australia, "Arrows of the Thunder Dragon," Greg Sneddon, director;
Austria, "Goodnight Mommy," Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, directors;
Bangladesh, "Jalal’s Story," Abu Shahed Emon, director;
Belgium, "The Brand New Testament," Jaco Van Dormael, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Our Everyday Story," Ines Tanović, director;
Brazil, "The Second Mother," Anna Muylaert, director;
Bulgaria, "The Judgment," Stephan Komandarev, director;
Cambodia, "The Last Reel," Sotho Kulikar, director;
Canada, "Félix and Meira," Maxime Giroux, director;
Chile, "The Club," Pablo Larraín, director;
China, "Go Away Mr. Tumor," Han Yan, director;
Colombia, "Embrace of the Serpent," Ciro Guerra, director;
Costa Rica, "Imprisoned," Esteban Ramírez, director;
Croatia, "The High Sun," Dalibor Matanić, director;
Czech Republic, "Home Care," Slavek Horak, director;
Denmark, "A War," Tobias Lindholm, director;
Dominican Republic, "Sand Dollars," Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas, directors;
Estonia, "1944," Elmo Nüganen, director;
Ethiopia, "Lamb," Yared Zeleke, director;
Finland, "The Fencer," Klaus Härö, director;
France, "Mustang," Deniz Gamze Ergüven, director;
Georgia, "Moira," Levan Tutberidze, director;
Germany, "Labyrinth of Lies," Giulio Ricciarelli, director;
Greece, "Xenia," Panos H. Koutras, director;
Guatemala, "Ixcanul," Jayro Bustamante, director;
Hong Kong, "To the Fore," Dante Lam, director;
Hungary, "Son of Saul," László Nemes, director;
Iceland, "Rams," Grímur Hákonarson, director;
India, "Court," Chaitanya Tamhane, director;
Iran, "Muhammad: The Messenger of God," Majid Majidi, director;
Iraq, "Memories on Stone," Shawkat Amin Korki, director;
Ireland, "Viva," Paddy Breathnach, director;
Israel, "Baba Joon," Yuval Delshad, director;
Italy, "Don't Be Bad," Claudio Caligari, director;
Ivory Coast, "Run," Philippe Lacôte, director;
Japan, "100 Yen Love," Masaharu Take, director;
Jordan, "Theeb," Naji Abu Nowar, director;
Kazakhstan, "Stranger," Yermek Tursunov, director;
Kosovo, "Babai," Visar Morina, director;
Kyrgyzstan, "Heavenly Nomadic," Mirlan Abdykalykov, director;
Latvia, "Modris," Juris Kursietis, director;
Lebanon, "Void," Naji Bechara, Jad Beyrouthy, Zeina Makki, Tarek Korkomaz, Christelle Ighniades, Maria Abdel Karim, Salim Haber, directors;
Lithuania, "The Summer of Sangaile," Alanté Kavaïté, director;
Luxembourg, "Baby (A)lone," Donato Rotunno, director;
Macedonia, "Honey Night," Ivo Trajkov, director;
Malaysia, "Men Who Save the World," Liew Seng Tat, director;
Mexico, "600 Miles," Gabriel Ripstein, director;
Montenegro, "You Carry Me," Ivona Juka, director;
Morocco, "Aida," Driss Mrini, director;
Nepal, "Talakjung vs Tulke," Basnet Nischal, director;
Netherlands, "The Paradise Suite," Joost van Ginkel, director;
Norway, "The Wave," Roar Uthaug, director;
Pakistan, "Moor," Jami, director;
Palestine, "The Wanted 18," Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan, directors;
Paraguay, "Cloudy Times," Arami Ullón, director;
Peru, "NN," Héctor Gálvez, director;
Philippines, "Heneral Luna," Jerrold Tarog, director;
Poland, "11 Minutes," Jerzy Skolimowski, director;
Portugal, "Arabian Nights – Volume 2, The Desolate One," Miguel Gomes, director;
Romania, "Aferim!" Radu Jude, director;
Russia, "Sunstroke," Nikita Mikhalkov, director;
Serbia, "Enclave," Goran Radovanović, director;
Singapore, "7 Letters," Royston Tan, Kelvin Tong, Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Boo Junfeng, K. Rajagopal, directors;
Slovakia, "Goat," Ivan Ostrochovský, director;
Slovenia, "The Tree," Sonja Prosenc, director;
South Africa, "The Two of Us," Ernest Nkosi, director;
South Korea, "The Throne," Lee Joon-ik, director;
Spain, "Flowers," Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga, directors;
Sweden, "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence," Roy Andersson, director;
Switzerland, "Iraqi Odyssey," Samir, director;
Taiwan, "The Assassin," Hou Hsiao-hsien, director;
Thailand, "How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)," Josh Kim, director;
Turkey, "Sivas," Kaan Müjdeci, director;
United Kingdom, "Under Milk Wood," Kevin Allen, director;
Uruguay, "A Moonless Night," Germán Tejeira, director;
Venezuela, "Gone with the River," Mario Crespo, director;
Vietnam, "Jackpot," Dustin Nguyen, director.


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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My only two so far: Goodnight Mommy and The Assassin. I'll probably be getting a screener for Aferim! before too long. 

The Clan

Ixcanul

Mustang

Son of Saul

The Club

A War

Embrace of the Serpent

(I'll update this post as I see more).

Edited by Darrel Manson

A foreign movie can't be stupid.

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Goodbye Mommy opened in Vancouver this week, and The Assassin (which played at VIFF) will be coming back at the end of the month (which is why I didn't make a point of seeing it during VIFF).

I did see Arabian Nights Volume 1 at VIFF, but I kept nodding off, so I felt I couldn't really go on to Volume 2 or Volume 3 without rewatching the first film... and I simply didn't have space for that in my VIFF schedule. I gather that an erstwhile A&Fer or two said on Twitter that Volume 2 was the best, though, so I'm not surprised to see that that's the one that got nominated.

The Jordanian film -- Theeb -- is coming to Vancouver next month, and I've been thinking of catching that one.

Curiously, I haven't seen the Canadian entry -- Felix & Meira -- even though it played here earlier this year (and apparently it played at TIFF last year, so it's actually a 2014 film...).


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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The shortlist (with the ones I've seen in bold):

  •      Belgium, "The Brand New Testament," Jaco Van Dormael, director;
  •      Colombia, "Embrace of the Serpent," Ciro Guerra, director;
  •      Denmark, "A War," Tobias Lindholm, director;
  •      Finland, "The Fencer," Klaus Härö, director;
  •      France, "Mustang," Deniz Gamze Ergüven, director;
  •      Germany, "Labyrinth of Lies," Giulio Ricciarelli, director;
  •      Hungary, "Son of Saul," László Nemes, director;
  •      Ireland, "Viva," Paddy Breathnach, director;
  •      Jordan, "Theeb," Naji Abu Nowar, director.

Crap. Theeb played in Vancouver just a few weeks ago, and I was really interested in it, but my schedule didn't permit me to see it. Sigh.

Mustang, at least, doesn't press-screen here until January, so I know I haven't missed *that* one.


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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It bums me out that there doesn't seem to be any way to add polls to existing threads in the current version of the board, but oh well.

The nominees for the Oscar are (with the ones I've seen in bold):

  • Colombia, "Embrace of the Serpent," Ciro Guerra, director
  • France, "Mustang," Deniz Gamze Ergüven, director
  • Hungary, "Son of Saul," László Nemes, director
  • Jordan, "Theeb," Naji Abu Nowar, director
  • Denmark, "A War," Tobias Lindholm, director
I'm really kicking myself for not seeing Theeb when it played in Vancouver a month or two ago, now. Also for missing the press screening for Mustang last week, especially given that the distributor took the movie off the calendar *after* the screening took place.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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The Motion Picture Sound Editors has announced the nominees for the Golden Reel Award in this category:

BEST SOUND EDITING: SOUND EFFECTS, FOLEY, DIALOGUE & ADR IN A FOREIGN FEATURE FILM
Dias De Gracia, Frederick Le Louet and Enrique Greiner
Northmen – A Viking Saga, Markus Glunz and Peter Staubli
Son Of Saul, Tamas Zanyi
Unfreedom, Resul Pookutty, MPSE and Amrit Pritam Dutta

Son of Saul is the only Golden Reel nominee that is also nominated for the Oscar for foreign-language film. None of the other Golden Reel nominees were even on the Oscars' eligibility list.

The winner will be announced February 27.


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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On 1/27/2016 at 7:43 PM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Motion Picture Sound Editors has announced the nominees for the Golden Reel Award in this category:

BEST SOUND EDITING: SOUND EFFECTS, FOLEY, DIALOGUE & ADR IN A FOREIGN FEATURE FILM
Dias De Gracia, Frederick Le Louet and Enrique Greiner
Northmen – A Viking Saga, Markus Glunz and Peter Staubli
Son Of Saul, Tamas Zanyi
Unfreedom, Resul Pookutty, MPSE and Amrit Pritam Dutta

Son of Saul is the only Golden Reel nominee that is also nominated for the Oscar for foreign-language film. None of the other Golden Reel nominees were even on the Oscars' eligibility list.

The winner will be announced February 27.

Forgot to note this earlier, but better late than never: The winner was... Son of Saul.


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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