March 6, 2007 |
ONE of the jokes going around Hollywood last week was that foreign movie talent earned so much Oscar attention that CNN's Lou Dobbs wants to build a 20-foot-high fence around the Kodak Theatre to keep them out. From the best director and screenplay categories to score, cinematography and costume design, the Oscars were a giant billboard for the ascendancy of international film artists.
February 27, 2007 |
News from the Academy Awards reverberated internationally Monday, sparking cheers and expressions of hope in countries that had a connection to the winners. German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated first-time filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, whose "The Lives of Others" won for best foreign language film, praising in particular the movie's "authentic German plot." Ugandans welcomed Forest Whitaker's victory as best actor.
February 26, 2007 |
OSCAR voters, perhaps with an eye on recent abuses by authoritarian nation-states, bestowed the statuette for foreign language film on "The Lives of Others," a disturbing saga of secrets and lies in the former communist East Germany.
July 3, 2006 |
A series of changes in the rules governing the way foreign-language films are selected has been approved by governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In one change, entries in the best foreign-language category will no longer have to be in an official language of the country submitting the film. So long as the dominant language is not English, the academy noted, a picture from any country may be in any language or combination of languages.
May 21, 2006 |
ON May 1, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu skipped out on the final mix of his film "Babel" to take his family to the immigration rallies in downtown L.A. While his absence might have given heartburn to the production staff hurtling to get the Brad Pitt-Cate Blanchett film ready for the Cannes Film Festival, to Gonzalez Inarritu, it was worth it. "It was like Simon Bolivar's dream -- people from all over Latin America," says the 42-year-old Mexican director. "I didn't feel any rage or any anger.
March 6, 2006 |
South Africa, with its second nomination in as many years, won its first Academy Award for best foreign language film with "Tsotsi." Writer-director Gavin Hood adapted Athol Fugard's novel about a young gangster in the poverty-stricken townships of Johannesburg, updating it from the 1960s to present day.
January 16, 2006 |
ACCORDING to Metacritic.com, a website that tracks critical reaction to current films, one of the five best-reviewed movies of 2005 -- right up there with "Capote" and "Brokeback Mountain" -- is "Cache," a provocative drama by the respected Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke. The film earned raves from Time, Newsweek, Roger Ebert, USA Today, our paper and Entertainment Weekly, which called it a "fabulously unsettling, doesn't-leave-your-head thriller."
October 26, 2005 |
Movies from a record 58 countries are in contention for this year's foreign-language Academy Award, including the first entries from Iraq, Costa Rica and Fiji. The previous record was 56 films for the 2003 Oscars. Each country is allowed to submit one film. Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 31 and awards will be presented March 5. From Associated Press
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.