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Golden Globes' Best Foreign Language Film List + Erotic Hockey & Dancing Corpse in Top Ten Canadian Films

London River with Brenda Blethyn Sotigui Kouyaté. Golden Globes' Foreign Language entry Algerian?London River with Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyaté. Following the July 2005 London bombings, a Christian Falklands War widow and a Francophone African Muslim man look for their missing children in London River, a Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe contender – along with 68 other titles hoping for a nomination. Curiously, London River is listed as an Algerian production even though most of its financing is French, it's set in London, it was directed by the Parisian Rachid Bouchareb (admittedly, of Algerian ancestry), and it stars an Englishwoman (Brenda Blethyn) and a Malian man (Sotigui Kouyaté). Bouchareb co-wrote the screenplay with his Days of Glory and Little Senegal collaborator Olivier Lorelle.

Golden Globes' Best Foreign Language Film longlist: From Pedro Almodóvar to 'Algerian' 'London River'

A record 69 Best Foreign Language Film entries are eligible for the 2010 Golden Globes, Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk has announced.

Among the movies on the Golden Globes' longlist are the following:

Award-winning international titles

Some of the titles – e.g., Jacques Audiard's prison drama A Prophet and Michael Haneke's black-and-white psychological/political drama The White Ribbon – are also in the running for the 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Some have already won awards elsewhere, both in the U.S. and internationally.

For instance, The White Ribbon was handed the Palme d'Or while A Prophet took home the Grand Prix at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani's crime drama Ajami won five awards – including Best Film and Best Director – from the Israeli Film Academy, while Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death was voted Best Film at the 2009 San Sebastian Film Festival.

A couple more: Sebastián Silva's The Maid recently earned star Catalina Saavedra the Breakthrough Performance award at the Gothams, and Leon Dai's Cannot Live Without You won Chinese/Taiwanese cinema's Best Picture Golden Horse.

'London River' nationality?

One curiosity: London River, listed as an Algerian production, was directed by a Parisian-born filmmaker (Rachid Bouchareb, of Algerian background), was mostly financed by French companies, and stars a British actress (Brenda Blethyn) and a Malian actor (Sotigui Kouyaté) in a tale set in London.

But 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 Hollywood Foreign Press Association members will have time to watch many – or any (depending on the voting deadline) – of these films.

Below is the complete list. Notice that Cary Fukunaga's Sin Nombre – a well-received, mostly Spanish-language U.S./Mexico co-production – was not included on it.

Golden Globes' Best Foreign Language Film longlist

The list of movies eligible for the Golden Globes' Best Foreign Language Film is in alphabetical order by film title.

Unlike at the Academy Awards, multiple entries from the same country/countries are allowed.

  • About Elly, Iran.
  • Ajami, Israel.
  • Baarìa, Italy.
  • Backyard, Mexico.
  • Broken Embraces, Spain.
  • Broken Promise, Slovakia.
  • Cannot Live Without You, Taiwan.
  • Cell 211, Spain.
  • Chameleon, Hungary.
  • 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.
  • Delhi-6, India.
  • Donkey, Croatia.
  • 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.
  • Hipsters, Russia.
  • I Killed My Mother, Canada.
  • I Saw the Sun, Turkey.
  • Il Grande Sogno, Italy.
  • John Rabe, Germany.
  • Lebanon, Israel.
  • Letters to Father Jacob, Finland.
  • London River, Algeria.
  • Louise-Michel, France / Belgium / Luxembourg.
  • Made in Hungaria, Hungary.
  • The Maid, Chile.
  • Max Manus, Norway.
  • Micmacs, France.
  • The Misfortunates, Belgium.
  • Mother, Korea.
  • My Queen Karo, Belgium.
  • Nobody to Watch Over Me, Japan.
  • Police, Adjective, Romania.
  • Prank, Hungary.
  • Prince of Tears, Hong Kong / Taiwan.
  • A Prophet, France.
  • Protektor, Czech Republic.
  • Queen to Play, France / Germany.
  • Refractaire / Draft Dodgers, Luxembourg.
  • Reverse, Poland.
  • 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.
  • Vincere, Italy.
  • The Waltz, Italy.
  • Ward No. 6, Russia.
  • Welcome, France.
  • The White Ribbon, Germany.
  • Winter in Wartime, The Netherlands.
  • With a Little Help from Myself, France.

Nominations for 2010 Golden Globes will be announced at 5:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Hosted by Ricky Gervais at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, the 2010 Golden Globes ceremony will be broadcast live in the U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 17, on NBC.

Danse Macabre Best Canadian Films. Top Ten include morgue-set tale of dancing corpseDanse Macabre. The Best Canadian Films of 2009 – both shorts and features – have been announced by the Toronto Film Festival. One of the Top Ten Best Canadian Short Films is Pedro Pires' Danse Macabre, featuring choreographer/actress Anne Bruce Falconer as the corpse “dancing” to the tune of Maria Callas' “Diva Casta” in that morgue-set time frame between death and the crematorium. Director Pires reportedly used a real cadaver and human heart in the cremation scene.

Dancing corpse, erotic hockey & Leon Trotsky reincarnated: Toronto Film Festival's Top Ten Canadian movies

The Toronto Film Festival has announced the lists of the Top Ten Canadian features and shorts of 2009.

Among the selected features are Denis Côté's Carcasses, Xavier Dolan's I Killed My Mother, and Bernard Émond's The Legacy.

Shorts include Pedro Pires' Danse Macabre, Jamie Travis' The Armoire, and Kazik Radwanski's Out in That Deep Blue Sea.

Topics include:

  • Estranged brothers Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette on a road trip through the streets and freeways of Los Angeles (Passenger Side).
  • A young gay man's problems with his mother (I Killed My Mother).
  • The erratic movements of a corpse (Danse Macabre).
  • Hockey's erotic moments to the sound of the Rheostatics (Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica).
  • Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig enjoying an adulterous love affair in Egypt (Cairo Time).
  • Jay Baruchel believing himself to be Leon Trotsky reincarnated (The Trotsky).

Also in included is Denis Villeneuve's Polytechnique, about the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, in which 14 young women were killed.

'Jury members'

The Top Ten Canadian features was selected by a group of 10 filmmakers, journalists, programmers, and film industry members, among them director Jerry Ciccoritti, author Tom McSorley, filmmaker Ingrid Veninger, and producer Nicole Robert.

Five individuals, including filmmaker Shane Belcourt and Toronto festival CEO Michèle Maheux, chose the Top Ten short films.

Public screenings of the twenty films, featuring Q&A sessions with the filmmakers, will be held between Jan. 14–21, 2010, at the Toronto Film Festival's Cinematheque.

Also, as found on the festival's website, “Each film selected as part of Canada's Top Ten must have either premiered at a major Canadian film festival or had a commercial theatrical release in Canada within the calendar year.”

Top Ten Canadian features & shorts

The films are listed in alphabetical order.

Top Ten Canadian feature films

Cairo Time, Ruba Nadda.
Carcasses, Denis Côté.
Crackie, Sherry White.
Defendor, Peter Stebbings.
The Legacy / La Donation, Bernard Émond.
I Killed My Mother / J'ai tué ma mère, Xavier Dolan.
Passenger Side, Matthew Bissonnette.
Polytechnique, Denis Villeneuve.
The Trotsky, Jacob Tierney.
The Wild Hunt, Alexandre Franchi.

Top Ten Canadian short films

The Armoire, Jamie Travis.
The Cave, Helen Haig-Brown.
Danse Macabre, Pedro Pires.
Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica, Cam Christiansen.
Naissances, Anne Émond.
Out in That Deep Blue Sea, Kazik Radwanski.
Runaway, Cordell Barker.
The Spine, Chris Landreth.
La Vie commence, Émile Proulx-Cloutier.
Vive la Rose, Bruce Alcock.

Miss Golden Globe Mavis Spencer

And in other Golden Globe-related news, Mavis Spencer, the daughter of Golden Globe winner Alfre Woodard (the TV movie Miss Evers' Boys, 1997) and writer/producer Roderick Spencer, has been selected as Miss Golden Globe 2010, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced.

As per the HFPA's press release, Mavis Spencer has appeared in Teen Vogue and InStyle, and plans to model and study acting at Columbia University.

Previous Miss Golden Globe honorees include Rumer Willis (daughter of Demi Moore & Bruce Willis), Laura Dern (daughter of Diane Ladd & Bruce Dern), Joely Fisher (daughter of Connie Stevens & Eddie Fisher), and Melanie Griffith (daughter of Tippi Hedren).

 

Golden Globes website.

Sotigui Kouyaté and Brenda Blethyn London River image: 3B Productions / Tessalit Productions / Arte France.

Danse Macabre image: Pedro Pires / Phi Group.


         
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