Ulrich Tukur in John Rabe (top); City of Life and Death (middle); Lebanon (bottom)
Among the films in the longlist are Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces, starring Penélope Cruz; Costa-Gavras socially conscious drama Eden Is West; Xavier Dolan's I Killed My Mother, one of the Toronto Film Festival's best Canadian films of the year; and Marco Bellocchio's Vincere, about Mussolini's first wife (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and child (Filippo Timi).
Some of the titles, e.g., A Prophet, The White Ribbon, are also in the running for the best foreign language film Academy Award. Some have already won awards elsewhere, both in the US and overseas.
For instance, the aforementioned The White Ribbon won the Palme d'Or and A Prophet took home the Grand Prix at Cannes. Ajami won five awards – including best film and best director – from the Israeli Film Academy, while City of Life and Death was voted best film at San Sebastian, The Maid earned star Catalina Saavedra the breakthrough performance award at the Gothams, and Can Not Live Without You won the Golden Horse for best picture.
One curiosity: London River, listed as an Algerian production, was directed by a Parisian-born filmmaker (Rachid Bouchareb), was mostly financed by French companies, and stars a British performer (Brenda Blethyn) and a Malinese (Sotigui Kouyaté) in a tale set in London.
Unlike the Oscars, the competition for the Golden Globes is between films, not countries. That's something the Academy should consider.
And here's wondering why the announcement of the best foreign language film longlist was made so close to the date when the nominations themselves are announced. It's not like HFPA members will have time to watch many (or any, depending on the voting deadline) of those films.
Here's the complete list:
About Elly, Iran
Broken Embraces, Spain
Broken Promise, Slovak Republic
Can Not Live Without You, Taiwan
Cell 211, Spain
Chandni Chowk to China, India
Chilango Chronicles, Mexico
City of Life and Death, China
Coco Before Chanel, France
The Dancer and the Thief, Spain
Dawson, Island 10, Chile
A Day At The Museum, France
Eden Is West, France
For a Moment, Freedom, Austria / France
I Galantuomini, Italy
The Girl on the Train, France
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sweden
God's Offices, France / Belgium
Grandpa is Dead, Philippines
Grown Ups, France / Sweden
Harishchandrachi Factory, India
Hello Goodbye, France / Israel / Italy
I Killed My Mother, Canada
I Saw the Sun, Turkey
Il Grande Sogno, Italy
John Rabe, Germany
Letters to Father Jacob, Finland
London River, Algeria
Louise-Michel, France / Belgium / Luxembourg
Made in Hungaria, Hungary
The Maid, Chile
Max Manus, Norway
The Misfortunates, Belgium
My Queen Karo, Belgium
Nobody to Watch Over Me, Japan
Police, Adjective, Romania
Prince of Tears, Hong Kong / Taiwan
A Prophet, France
Protektor, Czech Republic
Queen to Play, France / Germany
Refractaire (Draft Dodgers), Luxembourg
The Road From Elephant Pass, Sri Lanka
Rudo and Cursi, Mexico
Samson & Delilah, Australia
The Secret of her Eyes, Argentina
Secrets of State, France
Someone I Loved, France / Belgium / Italy
Southern District, Bolivia
Terribly Happy, Denmark
Thirst, South Korea
The Waltz, Italy
Ward No. 6, Russia
The White Ribbon, Germany
Winter in Wartime, The Netherlands
With a Little Help From Myself, France
Nominations for 2010 Golden Globe Awards will be announced at 5:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, December 15.
Hosted by Ricky Gervais, the 2010 Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be broadcast live coast to coast Sunday, January 17, on NBC (5 to 8 pm PT, 8 to 11 pm ET) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Mavis Spencer, the daughter of Golden Globe winner Alfre Woodard and writer/producer Roderick Spencer, has been selected as Miss Golden Globe 2010, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced.
HFPA president Philip Berk made the announcement at this year's edition of the Golden Globes Party Saluting Young Hollywood, which took place at Nobu West Hollywood earlier this evening. (It could be that the party is still taking place; it's only 10:20 pm on the West Coast.) Traditionally, Miss Golden Globe assists in the Golden Globes ceremony, which will be telecast live on NBC on Sunday, January 17, 2010.
As per the HFPA press release, Mavis Spencer has appeared in Teen Vogue and InStyle Magazine, and plans to model and study acting at Columbia University.
Previous Miss Golden Globe honorees include Rumer Willis (daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis), Laura Dern (daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern), Joely Fisher (daughter of Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher), and Melanie Griffith (daughter of Tippi Hedren).
Nominations for 2010 Golden Globes will be announced at 5:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, December 15.
Hosted by Ricky Gervais, the 2010 Golden Globes ceremony will be broadcast live coast to coast Sunday, January 17, on NBC (5 to 8 pm PT, 8 to 11 pm ET) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Golden GlobeThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that the 2010 Miss Golden Globe will be introduced at the second annual Golden Globes Party Saluting Young Hollywood, which will take place at Nobu on Tuesday evening, December 8.
Also present were Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Brittany Snow (Hairspray), Cote de Pablo (NCIS), Hill Harper (CSI: New York), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious), Kelly Osbourne (The Town That Boars Me), Kerry Washington (Lakeview Terrace), Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Michael Vartan (Monster-in-Law), Rex Lee (Entourage), and Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).
Previous Miss Golden Globe honorees include the aforementioned Rumer Willis (daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis), Laura Dern (daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern), Joely Fisher (daughter of Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher), and Melanie Griffith (daughter of Tippi Hedren).