Sunday, 17 October 2010

83rd Academy Awards Foreign Language Film Contenders

The annoucment for the sixty-five contenders for Foreign Language Films for the 83rd Academy Awards has arrived. I always look forward to this announcement, each year hoping I've heard of more films than the year before, and trumping that looking to see if I've actually seen any of the contenders (3 this year which I think is a personal best!). even or even actually *seen* some of the films. One of which is the Canadian submission Incendies, which has just slided it's Toronto release date from later this week to January 2011, which is too bad as folks will have to wait longer to see the extraordinary film.

I'm thrilled to see that Finland selection is the formidable documentary Steam of Life / Miesten vuoro (dirs: Joonas Berghall and Mika Hotakainen which I caught at Hot Docs last year and it's a very powerful film showcasing men sharing stories from their personal lives as told in saunas. Peru's contender is Undertow / Contracorriente (dir: Javier Fuentes-Leon), another powerful emotional journey, this time in a narrative centred on the hidden relationship between two men, one closeted and the other open, and the film does brilliant job exploring the complexities of visibility and choice in a setting that subtly yet openly homophobic.

Two films that have had gotten strong acclaim so far include Mexico contender Biutiful (dir: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) and starring Javier Barden and Portugal's submission To Die Like a Man (dir: Joao Pedro Rodrigues).

Don't feel bad if you haven't heard of many, or any, of the films listed below - very few have been release here in the T-dot. In fact, only two on the list have which are India's Peepli [Live] dir: Anusha Rizvi (release date: Aug 13, 2010) and Thailand's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul (release date: Sept 23, 2010).

The 2010 submissions for foreign language film are:

Albania, “East, West, East,” Gjergj Xhuvani, director;
Algeria, “Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director;
Argentina, “Carancho,” Pablo Trapero, director;
Austria, “La Pivellina,” Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, directors;
Azerbaijan, “The Precinct,” Ilgar Safat, director;
Bangladesh, “Third Person Singular Number,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director;
Belgium, “Illegal,” Olivier Masset-Depasse, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Circus Columbia,” Danis Tanovic, director;
Brazil, “Lula, the Son of Brazil,” Fabio Barreto, director;
Bulgaria, “Eastern Plays,” Kamen Kalev, director;
Canada, “Incendies,” Denis Villeneuve, director;
Chile, “The Life of Fish,” Matias Bize, director;
China, “Aftershock,” Feng Xiaogang, director;
Colombia, “Crab Trap,” Oscar Ruiz Navia, director;
Costa Rica, “Of Love and Other Demons,” Hilda Hidalgo, director;
Croatia, “The Blacks,” Goran Devic and Zvonimir Juric, directors;
Czech Republic, “Kawasaki’s Rose,” Jan Hrebejk, director;
Denmark, “In a Better World,” Susanne Bier, director;
Egypt, “Messages from the Sea,” Daoud Abdel Sayed, director;
Estonia, “The Temptation of St. Tony,” Veiko Ounpuu, director;
Ethiopia, “The Athlete,” Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew, directors;
Finland, “Steam of Life,” Joonas Berghall and Mika Hotakainen, directors;
France, “Of Gods and Men,” Xavier Beauvois, director;
Georgia, “Street Days,” Levan Koguashvili, director;
Germany, “When We Leave,” Feo Aladag, director;
Greece, “Dogtooth,” Yorgos Lanthimos, director;
Greenland, “Nuummioq,” Otto Rosing and Torben Bech, directors;
Hong Kong, “Echoes of the Rainbow,” Alex Law, director;
Hungary, “Bibliotheque Pascal,” Szabolcs Hajdu, director;
Iceland, “Mamma Gogo,” Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, director;
India, “Peepli [Live],” Anusha Rizvi, director;
Indonesia, “How Funny (Our Country Is),” Deddy Mizwar, director;
Iran, “Farewell Baghdad,” Mehdi Naderi, director;
Iraq, “Son of Babylon,” Mohamed Al-Daradji, director;
Israel, “The Human Resources Manager,” Eran Riklis, director;
Italy, “La Prima Cosa Bella” (“The First Beautiful Thing”), Paolo Virzi, director;
Japan, “Confessions,” Tetsuya Nakashima, director;
Kazakhstan, “Strayed,” Akan Satayev, director;
Korea, “A Barefoot Dream,” Tae-kyun Kim, director;
Kyrgyzstan, “The Light Thief,” Aktan Arym Kubat, director;
Latvia, “Hong Kong Confidential,” Maris Martinsons, director;
Macedonia, “Mothers,” Milcho Manchevski, director;
Mexico, “Biutiful,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director;
Netherlands, “Tirza,” Rudolf van den Berg, director;
Nicaragua, “La Yuma,” Florence Jaugey, director;
Norway, “The Angel,” Margreth Olin, director;
Peru, “Undertow” (“Contracorriente”), Javier Fuentes-Leon, director;
Philippines, “Noy,” Dondon S. Santos and Rodel Nacianceno, directors;
Poland, “All That I Love,” Jacek Borcuch, director;
Portugal, “To Die Like a Man,” Joao Pedro Rodrigues, director;
Puerto Rico, “Miente” (“Lie”), Rafael Mercado, director;
Romania, “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle,” Florin Serban, director;
Russia, “The Edge,” Alexey Uchitel, director;
Serbia, “Besa,” Srdjan Karanovic, director;
Slovakia, “Hranica” (“The Border”), Jaroslav Vojtek, director;
Slovenia, “9:06,” Igor Sterk, director;
South Africa, “Life, above All,” Oliver Schmitz, director;
Spain, “Tambien la Lluvia” (“Even the Rain”), Iciar Bollain, director;
Sweden, “Simple Simon,” Andreas Ohman, director;
Switzerland, “La Petite Chambre,” Stephanie Chuat and Veronique Reymond, directors;
Taiwan, “Monga,” Chen-zer Niu, director;
Thailand, “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” Apichatpong Weerasethakul, director;
Turkey, “Bal” (“Honey”), Semih Kaplanoglu, director;
Uruguay, “La Vida Util,” Federico Veiroj, director;
Venezuela, “Hermano,” Marcel Rasquin, director.

Nominations for the awards will be announced live on Tuesday January 25, 2011 at 8:30 AM EST and the 83rd Academy Awards will be broad casted live Sunday February 27, 2011 on ABC.

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blake said...

Yeesh. I've only concretely heard of 5 of them and I've seen none!


Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Awww, dat's okay Blake! I consider this list really one to keep my eye on the films noted, although this year I lucked out having already seen a few.

Still *tons* of time before Feb 27 2011!

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