For Your Consideration: The Foreign Language Race Arrives

For Your Consideration: The Foreign Language Race Arrives It's generally an assured equation: Oscars + Foreign Language Film Category = Outrage. Sometimes, the fault lies with Academy voters (as it did when "Departures" won the Oscar in 2008 over what most ...

The First Beautiful Thing Movie Review

The First Beautiful Thing Movie Review Title: The First Beautiful Thing Director: Paolo Virzi Starring: Micaela Ramazzotti, Valerio Mastandrea, Claudia Pandolfi, Sergio Albelli, Fabrizia Sacchi A major box office player in its native ...

Key Players in the 2011 Cannes Market: Wild Bunch

We complete our look at the key players in the Cannes market with the sales agent that has the most number of highly anticipated film projects. Wild Bunch came to the fest with popular items such as ...

"The Princess of Montpensier," "Imperialists!," More

"The finest Western you'll see this year is set in aristocratic 16th-century France, in the heat of Counter-Reformation," declares Nick Pinkerton. Segueing into his interview with Bertrand Tavernier, ...

Weekend Preview: Indie & Foreign Films to See: Princess of Montpensier, Screaming Man, Armadillo

Weekend Preview: Indie & Foreign Films to See: Princess of Montpensier, Screaming Man, Armadillo Here's Toh's weekend preview of the mainstream box office contenders. And for the smart-movie demo, here's a look at the weekend's new indie and foreign language offerings, from Bertrand Tavernier's ...

Oscar 2011: Biutiful, Dogtooth, In A Better World Among Foreign Language Film Semi-Finalists

Javier Bardem, Biutiful The nine semi-finalists in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2011 Academy Awards were announced this morning. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, ...

I Am Love Sour Grapes

Have you seen I Am Love yet? The Globe nominee is available for rental so get on that. Director Luca Guadagnino with Marisa Berenson & Tilda SwintonI read the following quote over at Hollywood ...

Roman Polanski heads race for European film awards

Fugitive director's The Ghost nets seven nominations including best film, though Polanski is unlikely to travel to the Tallinn ceremony The controversy surrounding his past may have dwindled in ...

Roman Polanski's 'Ghost Writer' Leads European Film Award Nominations

Roman Polanski's thriller has been nominated for 7 European Film Awards including best European film, director, actor (Ewan McGregor), screenwriter, editor, production design and composer. Other ...

Palisades Tartan Find the 'First Beautiful Thing' of 2011

Despite being a critically well-like and well-rewarded dramedy with three David di Donatello awards, I've yet to comprehend (perhaps someone can give me the lowdown on the voting process) how Paolo ...

Foreign Film Oscars: International Beauty Pageant.

If you'd like to read about the now official Oscar submissions for Best Foreign Language Film, click away. But because you -- make that we -- can't see most of the films, due to the hideous state of ...

Oscar 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Possibilities: Undertow, When We Leave, Even The Rain

Manolo Cardona, Cristian Mercado in Javier Fuentes-León's Undertow / Contracorriente (top); Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Tosar in Iciar Bollain's Even the Rain (middle); Sibel Kekilli in Feo Aladag's When ...

Oscar 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Predictions: Biutiful, Carancho

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 ...

Foreign Language Oscar List

While I do not think that something as edgy or unusual as Giorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (pictured above) will make the 'final five' short list, but kudos to Greece for throwing it out there.  Perhaps ...

65 Countries Submit Films for 2011's Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar

I have been keeping track of all of the Foreign Language Oscar submissions in my "The Contenders" section of the site and today the official list of sixty-five films from sixty-five countries was ...

Slovenia Chooses 9:06 for Oscar

From Screen: “The Slovenian Film Fund announced today that the country’s submission for the best Foreign Language film Academy Award is Igor Sterk’s 9:06.” Subscribe to the comments for this post?

Foreign Language Film Submissions: Italy, The First Beautiful Thing

Foreign Language Film Submissions: Italy, The First Beautiful Thing ‘Ad’ tips us to Italy’s Flf submission, Paolo Virzì’s La Prima Cosa Bella (“The First Beautiful Thing”), in which “a misanthropic professor returns to his hometown to assist his dying mother.

David di Donatello 2010 Nominations

Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi in Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere Best Film BAARÌA produced by Medusa Film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore Mine Vaganti / Loose Cannons produced by Domenico Procacci ...