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Michael Haneke Old Age Drama Is Best Foreign Language Film Favorite

Amour Best Foreign Language Film Emmanuelle RivaMichael Haneke Amour: Best Foreign Language Film favorite

[See previous post: “Top Best Movies of 2013: Ben Affleck's Argo, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty.”] Michael Haneke's Amour is the undisputable leader in the Best Foreign Language Film category, with a total of 14 wins: 11 as Best Foreign Language Film, in addition to a Best Picture win from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the European Film Award for Best European Film, and the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or. Starring veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, Amour follows the travails of an elderly couple after one of them suffers a stroke. Another veteran, Isabelle Huppert, plays their daughter. (Image: Emmanuelle Riva in Michael Haneke's Amour movie.) [See intro to Movie Awards Season 2013 articles: “Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook ), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln): Movie Awards Season 2013 Front-Runners.”]

In the Best Foreign Language Film category, so far only four other movies have been singled out by North American critics / movie-awards-voting groups (not including nominated titles): Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache's international blockbuster The Intouchables, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Kid with a Bike, Gareth Evans' Indonesian-language The Raid: Redemption, and the Los Angeles Critics' curious choice, Leos Carax's Cannes Film Festival entry Holy Motors.

But why is Holy Motors a “curious choice”? Please reread this post's first paragraph, and check out the title of the L.A. Critics' (French-language) Best Picture winner.

Worth mentioning: with the exception of The Raid: Redemption, an American-Indonesian joint effort, the other aforementioned titles – including Amour – are either French-made or French co-productions.

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2013 contenders

A French-German-Austrian co-production, Amour is Austria's submission for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The Intouchables is France's submission. War Witch is Canada's (though it represents the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Spirit Awards); A Royal Affair is Denmark's; Kon-Tiki is Norway's; and Sister is Switzerland's.

Nuri Birge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia was the Turkish submission last year; the Belgian film committee, however, failed to submit Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Kid with a Bike, winner of the (runner-up) Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the European Film Award for Best Screenplay, and eventually a Golden Globe nominee last year as well.

Also, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winner Caesar Must Die is Italy's Oscar 2013 entry, while Kim Ki-duk's Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner Pieta is South Korea's.

Best Foreign Language Film 2013: Notable omissions

Among the notable movies missing from the Best Foreign Language Film list below (those are movies released in – at least parts of – the U.S. in 2012) are Athina Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg, Michael R. Roskam's Bullhead, Lisa Ohlin's Simon and the Oaks, Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31st, Jafar Panahi's non-fiction effort This Is Not a Film, Béla Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky's The Turin Horse, and Christophe Barratier's War of the Buttons.

Also: Nadine Labaki's Where Do We Go Now?, Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope, Daniel Auteuil's The Well-Digger's Daughter, Maïwenn's Polisse, Guillaume Canet's Little White Lies, Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, and Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar.

It would be worth asking movie-awards-voting North American critics, guild members, and “film scholars” how many of the above titles they have seen. In fact, it would be worth asking them how many of those titles – and/or filmmakers (in a few cases, actors/filmmakers) – they have ever heard of.

Best Foreign Language Film 2012 / 2013

  • Michael Haneke's Amour: 15 wins (Boston, Cannes [Palme d'Or], Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, European Film Awards [Best European Film], Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles [Best Picture], National Board of Review, New York, New York Online, Oklahoma, San Francisco, Washington, Toronto). 3 nominations (Critics Choice, Golden Globes, Spirit Awards).
  • Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache's The Intouchables: 5 wins (Florida, Phoenix, Satellite, St. Louis, Southeastern). 2 nominations (Critics Choice, Golden Globes).
  • Leos Carax's Holy Motors: 2 wins (Austin, Los Angeles).
  • Morten Tyldum's Headhunters: 1 win (Utah).
  • Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Kid with a Bike: 1 win (San Diego).
  • Gareth Evans' The Raid: Redemption: 1 win (Indiana).
  • Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone: 3 nominations (Critics Choice, Golden Globes, Spirit Awards).
  • Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair: 2 nominations (Critics Choice, Golden Globes).
  • Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's Kon-Tiki: 1 nomination (Golden Globes).
  • Nuri Birge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia: 1 nomination (Spirit Awards).
  • Ursula Meier's Sister: 1 nomination (Spirit Awards).
  • Kim Nguyen's War Witch: 1 nomination (Spirit Awards).

[“Best Foreign Language Film Favorite: Michael Haneke Amour” continues on the next page. See link below.]

Emmanuelle Riva in Michael Haneke's Amour movie photo: Sony Pictures Classics.


         
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