Best Foreign Language Film: Articles


Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations: Rare Swedish Palme d'Or Winner + Joaquin Phoenix & AIDS Drama Chances?

Palme d'Or winner The Square with Claes Bang. “Gobsmackingly weird” Cannes Film Festival favorite may have a tough time landing a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination. As an aside, Ruben Östlund's comedy-drama is totally unrelated to Jehane Noujaim's 2013 Oscar-nominated political documentary of the same title, which refers […]


'The Grandfather' Movie: Surprisingly Touching Oscar-Nominated Message of Tolerance

The Grandfather: Fernando Fernán Gómez as the irascible 'abuelo' who discovers it's never too late to learn about tolerance and compassion. 'The Grandfather' movie review: Gorgeous, surprisingly effective message of tolerance with strong central performance The Grandfather / El abuelo is a film with a pedigree. It is based on […]


Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award Submissions: 'Multinational' Movies

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016: Irish-Cuban entry 'Viva,' with Héctor Medina. Multicultural Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016 submissions Nearly ten years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed a key rule regarding entries for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar;* since then, things have gotten […]


'Yesterday' Movie Review: Memorable AIDS Drama in Zululand

Yesterday movie: South African AIDS drama with Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 16 percent of the world's population and 70 percent […]


Academy Award Winners: Meryl Streep Breaks Two Oscar Records

Chris Pratt at Oscar 2015 rehearsals. Oscar 2015 winners The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found further below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have […]


Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Record Submissions and Highly Political Movies

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contender 'Three Windows and a Hanging': First Kosovo entry. Record 83 movies submitted for 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made public the list of submissions for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. According […]


'The Way He Looks' Movie: Gay Teen Love Story Submitted for Oscars

The Way He Looks movie: Ghilherme Lobo and Fábio Audi. 'The Way He Looks' movie: Gay teen love story is Brazil's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission In mid-September 2014, The Way He Looks / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho was selected as Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign […]


Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists: Liv Ullmann First Major Movie Role in Years & Surprising Snubs

'Two Lives,' with Liv Ullmann and Julia Bache-Wiig. Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2014 semi-finalists Out of 76 submissions, nine movies have been selected as semi-finalists for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Listed in alphabetical order by country, the films are: Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix […]


'Argo' & 'Amour' + 'Zero Dark Thirty' & Anne Hathaway + Philip Seymour Hoffman: Top Awards Season Choices

Argo with Ben Affleck. Actor-director-co-producer Ben Affleck's political thriller Argo chronicles – by way of Hollywood-style flights of fancy – the real-life rescue of six U.S. embassy employees hiding in the Tehran house of Canada's ambassador as most of their colleagues are taken hostage following the Iranian Revolution of 1979. […]


Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Record Submissions

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2013: 71 submissions A record 71 countries, including first-timer Kenya, have submitted movies for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. (See below.) Entries range from France's international blockbuster The Intouchables to Cambodia's first submission in 18 years and the Southeast Asian country's second […]


Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Australia Submits German-Language, German-Set Movie

Oscar 2013: Australia submits German-language, German-set World War II drama Cate Shortland's Lore is Australia's entry for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Obviously, Lore isn't in English. Curiously, the film's dialogue isn't in one of Australia's aboriginal languages, either. Besides, Lore isn't even set in Australia. (Image: Saskia […]


'The Intouchables' Movie: French Blockbuster & Brazilian Clown Among Oscar Submissions

The Intouchables: France's 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar entry The Intouchables, France's biggest French-language blockbuster at the international box-office, is that country's official entry for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Distributed by The Weinstein Company in North America, The Intouchables has to date grossed a not […]


'Barbara' & 'Amour' + 'The Hypnotist': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entries

Oscar 2013: Christian Petzold's Barbara is Germany's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Christian Petzold 'Barbara': Germany Oscar Submission Starring Nina Hoss, writer-director Christian Petzold's Barbara is Germany's submission for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The political romantic drama earned Petzold the Silver Bear […]


Robert Pattinson & Michael Fassbender: Berlin Film Festival Movies + Foreign Language Oscar Semifinalists

Robert Pattinson in Bel Ami: Berlin Film Festival. A week or so ago, we wondered if the Robert Pattinson period drama Bel Ami would be screened at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. If so, would it be listed as a Word Premiere? The issue revolved around the fact that earlier […]


Woman Directors Behind Ten Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Contenders

Woman director Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? Today it was announced that Patty Jenkins, whose Monster earned Charlize Theron a Best Actress Oscar in early 2004, will be directing Thor 2. Officially, Perkins is the first woman director at the helm of a big-budget, Hollywood superhero movie. Below […]


Oscar: Valérie Donzelli 'Declaration of War' Is French Entry

Jérémie Elkaïm, Valérie Donzelli, Declaration of War La Guerre est déclarée / Declaration of War is France's submission for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The second feature film directed by actress-turned-filmmaker Valérie Donzelli (Who Killed Bambi?, The Untouchable), who also co-wrote it with her former real-life companion […]


Scarlett Johansson & Jeremy Renner + Bollywood Royalty & Rare Best Foreign Film Woman Director Winner: The Oscars

Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress. Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27, '11, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco […]


Foreign Language Film Category: Biggest Oscar Snubs #4

Penélope Cruz, Yohana Cobo in Volver. Best Foreign Language Films: Biggest Oscar Snubs #4a Barbra Streisand - 'Yentl' & 'The Prince of Tides': Biggest Oscar Snubs #5 I've always had a personal grudge against the Academy's rules & regulations for the Best Foreign Language Film category. I know I'm not […]


Sauna Movie 'Steam of Life' to Become 1st Best Foreign Language Film Nonfiction Oscar Nominee?

Sauna movie Steam of Life: Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen's Finnish hit about naked men exposing themselves – emotionally – to become the first documentary shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar? Sauna movie 'Steam of Life' & feel-good 'Simple Simon' among northern European Best Foreign Language Film Oscar […]


Why Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nominations Are Hard to Predict

Javier Bardem in Alejandro González-Iñárritu's Biutiful (top); Stefania Sandrelli, Valerio Mastandrea in Paolo Virzi's The First Beautiful Thing (middle); Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm in Susanne Bier's In a Better World (photo by Per Arnesen) (bottom) Bal / Honey (Turkey), Semih Kaplanoglu Biutiful (Mexico), Alejandro González-Iñárritu Carancho (Argentina), Pablo Trapero In […]


Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Obvious Choices

Semih Kaplanoglu's Bal / Honey Some of the 65 movies vying for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar are obvious choices. [List of Oscar 2011 Foreign Language Film Submissions.] For instance, Semih Kaplanoglu's Bal / Honey (Turkey) won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival; Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle […]


'Lula' Movie: Brazil Controversial Foreign Language Oscar Submission

Lula, The Son of Brazil: Mother Glória Pires and her seven children, including Felipe Falanga (yellow shirt) as the boy Lula Unanimity isn't what it used to be. First, Quentin Tarantino's Venice Film Festival jury unanimously decides to hand out awards to the director's friends. Now comes a unanimous decision […]


Prestigious Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Contenders

Two of the most widely acclaimed non-English language films released in 2009 – Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon and Jacques Audiard's A Prophet – are to be found in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' list of semi-finalists for the best foreign language film Academy Award. In other […]


Critics' Favorite Films: Kathryn Bigelow + U.S.-Mexican Drama Ineligible for Oscars

Critics' favorite films: Kathryn Bigelow, seen here with cinematographer Barry Ackroyd while shooting The Hurt Locker, is this awards season top Best Director choice. The clear Academy Award front-runner, Bigelow will likely make Oscar history in (at least) two ways: a) first woman to win Best Director b) first person […]


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

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, one of this year's 68 potential Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe contenders. Curiously, London River is […]


Insect Sounds Documentary Tops European Film Awards + Oscar Foreign Language Film Entries

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Brutal French prison & Nazis-in-the-making among contenders Sixty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today. The 2009 submissions are: Albania, “Alive!,” Artan Minarolli, director; Argentina, “The Secret in Their […]


Oscar Early Predictions: Michelle Pfeiffer Best Actress Contender?

Abbie Cornish, Bright Star Frances 'Fanny' Brawne has a relatively brief but intense love affair with poet John Keats Carey Mulligan, An Education In 1960s London, a schoolgirl falls for a man in his 30s Michelle Pfeiffer, Cheri An older courtesan introduces a young man to the art of lovemaking […]


Jessica Biel & Ari Folman + Laurent Cantet & Andrew Stanton: Oscar Season Images

Jessica Biel. Actress Jessica Biel at Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards Pictured above is Jessica Biel, host of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards ceremony, which was held on Feb. 7 in Beverly Hills. Past Scientific and Technical Awards presenters include the following: […]


Oscar Luncheon: Amy Adams & Marisa Tomei + Kate Winslet Lead or Supporting + Did Bette Davis Name the Oscars?

Oscar Luncheon: Amy Adams signs autographs. In movies since 1999, Oscar Luncheon attendee Amy Adams has to date been nominated for two Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards: for Phil Morrison's Junebug (2005) and, this year, for John Patrick Shanley's psychological drama Doubt, in which she plays a Catholic nun opposite Meryl […]


Cannes Grand Prix Winner Out: Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Semifinalists + DGA Awards Surprise

Gomorrah: Best Foreign Language Film Oscar absentee. Based on Roberto Saviano's book about the Camorra, Italy's Naples-centered crime syndicate, Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah has been one of the best-received releases of 2008. Two entities, however, have been left unmoved by the film's acclaim: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose […]


Academy Award Predictions: Cinderella Tale + Slain Gay Politician & Veteran Jan Troell Returns

Slumdog Millionaire with Freida Pinto. Academy Award Predictions: The cinematic Cinderella tale of 2008, Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired entry is the odds-on favorite for the Best Picture Academy Award. In the cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan. Academy Award Predictions: Best Picture shortlist includes sleeper hits, studio […]


Jehovah's Witness Movie for the Oscars + François Ozon Non-Traditional 'Angel'

Charlotte Rampling, Sam Neill, Romola Garai, Michael Fassbender in Angel. François Ozon's 'Angel': Not traditional at all François Ozon is interviewed by The Times' Kevin Maher, who wonders what attracted the director of the unusual 8 Women and Swimming Pool to Angel, an English-set period drama that opens in the […]


Oscar Box Office Bump: How Effective?

Stefan Ruzowitzky, Joseph Cedar, Sergei Bodrov, and Academy Governor Mark Johnson The 2010 Academy Awards' Foreign Language Film Symposium was held yesterday, Feb. 23, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. All five directors of this year's nominated films were present: Joseph […]


Oscar Predictions: Death & Destruction + Feel-Good Teen Pregnancy Movie & 85-Year-Old Veteran

Transformers 2007. Without special effects there would have been no Transformers, as Michael Bay's futuristic action flick offers no acting, no writing, and no direction. Hence, Transformers is our pick in the 2008 Oscars' Best Visual Effects category. Rule of thumb when predicting Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing Oscar winners: […]


Oscar Nominations: Greed & Murder + Corruption & Deception + Where's Vanessa Redgrave?

Atonement with Vanessa Redgrave. Having made her big-screen debut in the late 1950s (Behind the Mask) and a steady film actress since the mid-1960s (Blow-Up, Camelot), Vanessa Redgrave was bypassed by the 2008 Oscars for her performance in Joe Wright's period drama Atonement, which earned a total of seven nominations. In […]


Abortion Movie Omission Is Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Most Mind-Boggling Upset

4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days with Anamaria Marinca: Oscars' abortion movie snub. Cristian Mungiu's enthusiastically received, Palme d'Or-winning abortion movie 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days was as much a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar shoo-in as, let's say, Pedro Almodóvar's Volver last year. Whether the result of […]


Tokyo & Rome Film Festival Awards + Golden Horse Winners & Israel Oscar Entry Disqualified

Eran Kolirin at the Tokyo Film Festival. 2007 Tokyo Film Festival Awards 2007 Tokyo Film Festival: October 20–28. Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit, about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town, was the top winner at the 2007 edition of the Tokyo Film Festival. The Band's Visit […]


Costa-Gavras Getting Eisenstein Honor + 'The Band's Visit' Tops Israeli Academy Awards

Screenwriter, director, and producer Costa-Gavras, 74, never one to shy away from inflammatory themes, will be honored with the second-ever Eisenstein Award handed out by the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The Sept. 28 ceremony will launch a two-day Costa-Gavras mini-festival, with screenings of four of the […]


'Buddha' Quotes + 'Funny Games' Remake & Animated Iranian Revolution Is Oscar Submission

'Buddha' quotes: Adolescent filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf discusses 'Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame' at 2007 San Sebastian Film Festival “As an 18-year-old girl who lives in Iran today and who faces very specific ideological, political and social pressures, I have a lot to say,” explains Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame Teheran-born […]


Shanghai & Moscow + Seattle Film Festival Winners: German Comedy & Norwegian Drama Are Top Choices

The winners of the 10th Shanghai International Film Festival's Jin Jue Awards were announced at the Shanghai Grand Theatre this past Sunday, June 24. Franziska Meletzky's Frei nach Plan / According to the Plan, was given the Best Film award. Written by Elke Rössler, this German comedy-drama revolves around the […]


Best Foreign Language Film Oscar European Slant + Hip Hop Immigration Drama Tops Guldbagge Awards

Water with Lisa Ray. Set in the late 1930s, during the British occupation of India, Deepa Mehta's Water created quite a stir during its production in that country. Spoken in Hindi, the film stars Canadian actress Lisa Ray as a young widow living with several other widowed women and girls in […]


Dark Fantasy Tops NSFC + Transgender Drama & Raunchy Kate Winslet Movie Top Ireland & Iowa

Pan's Labyrinth: The Pale Man (Doug Jones) in underground, dark fantasy. Guillermo del Toro's post-Spanish-Civil-War-set Pan's Labyrinth / El laberinto del fauno was the National Society of Film Critics' surprise Best Film winner. Perhaps even more surprising, its two runners-up were both movies featuring non-English-language dialogue, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Letters […]


Helen Mirren Queen Elizabeth Double Awards Season Dose + Mexican Directors Are U.S. Critics' Winners

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. Set in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death, Stephen Frears' The Queen, written by Peter Morgan, goes out of its way to present Queen Elizabeth II as a kind-hearted heroine determined to save both the British monarchy and a hunted deer. For […]


Best Foreign Language Film Poster + W.C. Fields Pettifoggery Exhibitions

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie poster. Luis Buñuel's surrealist, anarchist, insurrectionist 1972 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner features an ensemble that includes Stéphane Audran, Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Fernando Rey, Bulle Ogier, Paul Frankeur, and Julien Bertheau. Academy exhibition celebrates half a century of Best Foreign Language Film […]


Best Animation Oscar Contenders + Emilio Estevez Political Drama & More AFI FEST Movies

Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – With 16 animated features submitted for consideration in 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences anticipates that its Animated Feature Film category, for the first time since 2002, may include a full slate of five nominees. The 16 features expected to compete […]


Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Submissions: From Bosnian War to Rare Ganalbingu-Language Entry

Fifty years after the creation of the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award category, a record 61 countries have submitted films for consideration for the 79th Academy Awards. As per the Academy's press release, Kazakhstan appears to be the sole newcomer. (Addendum: It isn't. Kazakhstan submitted Ardak Amirkulov's Gibel Otrara […]


'Curse of the Golden Flower' Among Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entries

Charlotte Gainsbourg in 'Nuovomondo' a.k.a. 'Golden Door' 'Nuovomondo,' 'Curse of the Golden Flower': 2007 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award submissions Italy's choice for the 2007 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award is Emanuele Crialese's Golden Door / Nuovomondo, winner of several prizes at the 2006 Venice Film Festival, among […]


Oscar Entries: 'Border Cafe' & 'Sweet Mud'

Kambuzia Partovi's Café Transit / Border Café, the story of an Iranian widow who encounters a number of social and personal obstacles once she begins managing her late husband's roadhouse (a practice forbidden in Iran), has been chosen as the Iranian entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy […]


Korean & Egyptian 'Gay' Characters + Controversial 'Water': Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Deepa Mehta's Water, starring Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, and John Abraham, has been chosen as Canada's entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Set in the Indian holy city of Varanasi, the Hindi-language Water is now eligible as a Canadian entry for the foreign-language Oscar because of […]


Harrison Ford Iraq War Movie & Russian 'Battleship' in Berlin + Michael Moore Is New Chupacabra?

Harrison Ford in Hollywood Homicide, with Josh Hartnett. The Battle of Falluja next in line for the veteran actor? One of the leads in one of the most successful movie franchises ever – Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Return of the Jedi (1983) – and a […]


Foreign Language Film Oscar: Two Gael García Bernal Academy Award Orphans

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contender: House of Flying Daggers with Ziyi Zhang. Directed by Zhang Yimou from a screenplay by Zhang, Li Feng, and Wang Bin, House of Flying Daggers offers a mix of epic grandeur, martial arts action, and love story. Set in the mid-9th century during the […]