February 24, 2013 |
As the French might say, the victory of "Amour" for foreign language film at the Oscars on Sunday was practically a fait accompli . Pourquoi, you ask? Well, Michael Haneke's beautiful, elegiac film about a sudden crisis threatening an octogenarian couple's long love affair already had captured the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival, as well as this year's Golden Globe in the foreign language category. The French-language movie -- it was the official entry from Austria, not France -- also had been nominated for the best picture Oscar, an extremely rare feat for a film not in English.
October 1, 2013 |
The academy's deadline for foreign-language film submissions is Tuesday, Oct. 1, and though this is a category that has often stymied common sense and gone against the critical consensus, it's safe to say that Sony Pictures Classics has an excellent chance at moving its Oscar winning streak here to five years running. The indie division has two of the year's strongest contenders -- Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" (Iran's submission) and the festival crowd-pleaser "Wadjda," the first-ever Oscar submission from Saudi Arabia.
October 8, 2012 |
A record 71 countries have submitted films for consideration in the foreign language category for the 85th annual Academy Awards. Missing, however, is this year's winner. Despite capturing the Oscar in February for the family drama "A Separation," Iran opted to boycott the event as a response to the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" that has sparked violence in much of the Middle East. As expected, Michael Haneke's "Amour," from Austria, and Nikolaj Arcel's "A Royal Affair," from Denmark, are entered in the competition for the gold statuette that will be awarded in February, but some other high-profile films such as the Marion Cotillard-starrer "Rust and Bone" and Saudi Arabia's "Wadjda" will not be judged by the foreign language committee at all. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments In the case of Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," which is generating high praise for both Cotillard's and Matthias Schoenaerts' performances, it was passed over by France in favor of the country's second-highest-grossing film of all time, "The Intouchables," starring Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy, which has earned $355 million internationally . Oscar prognosticators predict that Cotillard's performance still will be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
June 14, 2010
"The Secret in Their Eyes" has turned into a secret box-office success. Winner of the best foreign-language film Academy Award this year, the Argentine murder-mystery has sold a total of $4.5-million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada so far. That's about what "The Karate Kid" made in a few hours, of course, but it's more than four of the last five Oscar winners in that category had grossed after the same number of weeks in theaters....
December 28, 2013 |
It makes for an unlikely combination: some of Hollywood's biggest stars rubbing up against relative obscurities from the international festival circuit. Yet that's exactly what happens each year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which has become an essential stop for celebs working the awards circuit while also showcasing iforeign language cinema (including Oscar hopefuls). "To me, that's the beauty of the festival, that combination," said festival director Darryl Macdonald.
November 3, 2012 |
Though it has become axiomatic over the last few years that the audience for foreign-language films has been shrinking in America as superheroes dominate the box office, there have been a few recent signs of new life. Earlier this year the Iranian film "A Separation" was nominated for an Oscar not only in the foreign-language category (which it would go on to win) but also for its screenplay, where it competed against the likes of "Bridesmaids," pushing the film out from the margins of the art house.