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    Awards Profile 2019: Pablo Larrain’s ‘Ema’ From Fabula Films

    Welcome to the 2019 Awards Profile series, where we talk about films coming to a theater near you in the coming year (at least at this time of writing). The series analyzes the films and their awards season potential, most notably for the Academy Awards, based on the talents attached, filmmakers involved, and story and […] More

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    Culture Circuit: Historical Hidden Bias in the Foreign Language Film Oscar?

    LATINO CIRCUIT: As we near an Oscars with a historic slate of Best Foreign Language Film nominees, we take a quick look at the history of the award. Analysis of past outcomes in this race may contain valuable information about why Latino (and other) representation at the Oscars has, until very recently, been so low. […] More

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    Foreign Language Oscar Contenders Share Insights at Palm Springs International Film Festival

    As is tradition, the Palm Springs International Film Festival hosted the Eyes on the Prize: Foreign Language Oscar Directors Discussion with the filmmakers behind the shortlisted films in the category. The festival also screens over 40 of the long list of submissions for attendees to get a broader sample of what the contenders were. Moderated […] More

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    Interview: Lee Chang-dong on Everyday Mysteries and Economic Inequality in Ardent Thriller ‘Burning’

    Outrageously, South Korea has never been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars, nor has the country even made it to the 9-film shortlist since it was implemented. In fairness, however, two of their most acclaimed productions of the last 20 years, Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy” and “The Handmaiden,” were not selected […] More

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    Oscars: Predicting the 2018 Foreign Language Film Shortlist

    Among the various categories to follow in the Oscar race this year, Best Foreign Language Film is at once the most exciting and uneventful. On the one hand, the caliber of submissions promises one of the most impressive lineups in recent memory. At the same time, the overwhelming adoration of Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” suggests that […] More

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    Interview: Likarion Wainaina Talks ‘Supa Modo’ and The Promising Future of Kenyan Cinema

    One of the most interesting developments in the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film this season was the selection of the Kenyan film. After the much publicized controversy surrounding the LGBT-themed “Rafiki,” many presumed it would be the country’s final pick. But the official list of submissions came with a surprise, as Likarion Wainaina’s […] More

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    Interview: Rima Das Talks the Making of ‘Village Rockstars’

    As you gaze upon the sophisticated direction of “Village Rockstars“, you wouldn’t guess that its helmer Rima Das had no formal training in film. And when you further realize that she made shot, wrote, produced and edited the film on her own, you would agree that “Village Rockstars” is in her words, a miracle. Recently […] More

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    Interview: Sergei Loznitsa On the Politics, Propaganda and People of ‘Donbass’

    It’s on secret that many of today’s filmmakers are politically engaged, with their views reflected in their work or even vocally expressed. In the case of director Sergei Loznitsa, both approaches apply. Indeed, this was evident in our recent interview for his new film “Donbass,” which is an unflinching portrait of Ukrainian society in the […] More

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    Interview: Benedikt Erlingsson Discusses His ‘Woman at War’

    Although Iceland hasn’t been nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar since 1991, the Scandinavian nation has submitted some of the most intriguing films over the years. Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Woman at War” is no different, telling a unique story of an environmental activist who wages a one-woman war against her local aluminum industry, while facing major […] More

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    Interview: Eva Melander On Finding the Humanity in her Grotesque ‘Border’ Character

    Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival and now the official Swedish submission for the Foreign Language Oscar, Ali Abassi’s “Border” is easily one of 2018’s standout films. Its bizarre yet beguiling storyline centers on a woman with abnormal features who comes to realize her true nature when she develops […] More

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