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.
January 8, 1999 |
Here's a paradox: If no one goes to see foreign films anymore, why are some of them posting record attendance figures? Predictions of the foreign-language film's demise in the U.S. seem to alternate with reports of record-breaking grosses for subtitled films. Each time there's a lull in the quality and quantity of imported films, it suddenly turns around again and a major hit like the current bittersweet Italian fable "Life Is Beautiful" revives the audience's appetite.
November 26, 2007 |
Just as the French have given Jerry Lewis more respect as a filmmaker than Hollywood, it was American audiences that turned French director Jean-Jacques Beineix's quirky caper flick "Diva" into a hit 25 years ago. "America saved my film," says the 61-year-old Beineix. "People [at home] said that this movie was just glossy and had no significance, no scenario, and it was all surface and no brain. When the film was released in France [in 1981], it was a total flop."
June 3, 2004 |
Perhaps it is nothing more than a convenient coincidence that both Los Angeles and Bangkok are referred to by their inhabitants as the City of Angels. But this curious fact makes a nice hook for a film series, and the crafty programmers of the UCLA Film and Television Archive are making good use of it, tying an odd assortment of good-to-terrific movies into an appealing "thematic" package.
February 10, 1994 |
Three films nominated by Asian countries dominated the academy's foreign-language category Wednesday, and none of them would have been eligible for consideration had the organization not decided to bend its new guidelines this year. One of the nominees--Taiwan's "The Wedding Banquet"--was shot in New York by a New York director and crew. Vietnam's "The Scent of Green Papaya" was filmed on a French sound stage.
December 3, 2002 |
A record 54 countries have submitted entries for Oscar consideration in the foreign-language film category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Chad submitted films for the first time. Some films, such as Mexico's "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" and France's "8 Women," have already been released in the United States. But most of the films have not been seen by U.S. audiences, and it is not necessary that they receive U.S.
January 29, 1999 |
Hustling for shoes to shine in Rio de Janeiro's airport two years ago, Vinicius de Oliveira approached a man in white tennis shoes. The man noticed him too--but not because he wanted his shoes polished. The man was film director Walter Salles and he saw something in the boy with long, thick, black eyelashes and light brown eyes that moved him. After auditioning nearly 2,000 boys for the role of Josue for his film "Central Station," Salles was drawn in by De Oliveira's authenticity and spunkiness.
May 9, 2004 |
A young couple take home an elderly man without a memory in the Italian "Facing Windows." A French woman mistakes a financial advisor for a therapist and begins pouring out her heart in "Intimate Strangers." A martial arts hero must decide whether killing a tyrant is the right thing to do in the Chinese epic "Hero." Fear not, serious moviegoers.
March 31, 1999 |
Festival del Cine--the Spanish-language component of the fourth Newport Beach International Film Festival--had a hot-cold reception in its weekend debut in downtown Santa Ana. The festival is screening 12 Spanish-language movies--up from seven last year--from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela.