Ari Folman, Laurent Cantet: Academy's Best Foreign Language Film Symposium

Best Foreign Language Film Symposium Ari FolmanBest Foreign Language Film Symposium with Ari Folman, Laurent Cantet, Yojiro Takita, Götz Spielmann and Uli Edel.

2009 Best Foreign Language Film Symposium

Yojiro Takita, director of Departures (Japan); Ari Folman, director of Waltz with Bashir (Israel); Uli Edel, director of The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany); Laurent Cantet, director of The Class (France); Götz Spielmann, director of Revanche (Austria), and Academy Governor Mark Johnson are pictured above at the Foreign Language Film Award Symposium, held on Feb. 21, '09, in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The nominated films

  • In Departures, a failed cellist (Motoki Tomohiro) returns to his hometown, where he takes a job as a ritual mortician. Because of his line of work, he suffers prejudice in a culture where death is taboo.
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex features Martina Gedeck and Moritz Bleibtreu as Ulrike Meinhof and Andreas Baader, two leaders of the German far-left terrorist group Red Army Faction, active in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Based on François Bégaudeau's semi-autobiographical 2006 novel, The Class narrates the experiences of a French language and literature teacher at a high school located in a Parisian suburb populated by ethnic minorities. Bégaudeau himself plays the teacher, here named François Marin.
  • Winner of the 2008 National Society of Film Critics' Best Film Award, the semi-autobiographical Waltz with Bashir focuses on Israel's disastrous 1982 invasion of Lebanon.
  • Revanche revolves around the ill-fated relationship between an Austrian ex-con (Johannes Krisch) and a Ukrainian prostitute (Irina Potapenko).

See below images of the directors of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominees at the Academy's Symposium.

The Directors: Ari Folman, Yojiro Takita

Ari FolmanAri Folman.
Yojiro TakitaYojiro Takita.
Gotz SpielmannGötz Spielmann.
Laurent CantetLaurent Cantet.
Uli EdelUli Edel.


Photos of Foreign Language Film Symposium participants Ari Folman, Laurent Cantet, Yojiro Takita, Götz Spielmann, and Uli Edel: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.

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