September 11, 2005 |
THE imagination of Hollywood often seems limited next to the offerings of filmmakers elsewhere in the world, and this fall an influx of foreign films will give movie lovers a chance to take in the differences. There are few familiar names among the directors, but there are several whose work is always anticipated. One of the most bleakly amusing films of the last decade is Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration," a mordant take on an extravagantly dysfunctional family.
September 20, 2007 |
France has chosen "Persepolis," a black-and-white animated film about a young girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution in the late 1970s, as the nation's entry for best foreign language film at the Oscars. Based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, the autobiographical tale shared the jury prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and will close the New York Film Festival on Oct. 14. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in the U.S. on Dec. 25. -- Sheigh Crabtree
March 23, 1998 |
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its first Foreign Language Symposium the Saturday before the Oscars, it rented a small conference room at the Beverly Hilton for what amounted to a press conference.
May 27, 2004 |
An effort to block U.S. distribution of an Iranian film that mocks that country's ruling clerics has been turned aside. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dzintra Jamavs on Tuesday declined to issue a temporary restraining order against "The Lizard," whose director, Manuchehr Mohammadi, has made a deal to release the film through Atlantis Enterprises.
July 22, 2003 |
Spanish screen heartthrob Javier Bardem grew a beard and added a few pounds for "Mondays in the Sun," in which he plays the ringleader of a band of former shipyard workers whose lives are upended when their plant is shut down and their jobs are exported to Asia.
March 19, 1999 |
Sometimes, there may be such a thing as being too fair. In its effort to level the playing field for international cinema, critics contend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' process for selecting the best foreign-language film is flawed, from submission through the rigorous screening program to select the five nominees. "It's very discouraging," says one longtime foreign film committee member. "The academy says it's set up to be fair to everyone. And their motives are honorable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1997 |
It's not exactly David trying to slay Goliath. It's more like David trying to steal the shoes Goliath left out by the backdoor. OK, the analogy is a little strained. For years, though, giant chain-owned multiplexes have been stomping one- and two-screen theaters out of existence. Now, the two-screen Regent Westlake is fighting back using unexpected weapons: foreign and independent movies. "We know there is an audience for this type of movie," said Mark R.
May 12, 1996 |
Time was when you wanted to see a movie with an offbeat vision, relaxed sexual mores or a countercultural sensibility, you'd head for the local art house and see a foreign film. But these days, such films are increasingly facing a tough time just getting into theaters.
March 27, 1995 |
After the directors of the five Oscar-nominated foreign films participated in a jam-packed symposium Saturday morning in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater they were treated to a luncheon at Le Dome Restaurant attended by members of the directors' branch of the academy. At this annual event, camaraderie is the order of the day, as notable filmmakers from all around the world can meet, commiserate and congratulate each other on successes past and present.
March 27, 1992
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold its annual foreign-language film award nominees symposium Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in its headquarters, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. The symposium, which honors the five films nominated for Oscars in the foreign-language film category, is open to the public free of charge.