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    Top 10: International Films Not Nominated in 2019

    A euphoric feeling ran through the entire consciousness of Hollywood when Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” won Best Picture. The historic win was a giant step forward for international cinema. It proved any film from around the world could win Oscar’s top prize. The South Korean thriller, along with Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” also broke […] More

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    2020 Oscar Circuit: Best International Feature

    2020 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: The now titled Best International Feature award (formerly Best Foreign Language Film) has assembled one of the strongest lineups in years. A diverse and eclectic slate of nominees that includes features and a documentary, this also remains one of the most sewn up races headed into Oscar night. But indulge a look […] More

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    Interview: Sameh Zoabi Talks ‘Tel Aviv on Fire’ and the Importance of Satire

    With a playful tone that satirizes tensions between Israel and Palestine through the making of a soap opera, Sameh Zoabi’s “Tel Aviv on Fire” has been a success on the festival circuit, winning awards worldwide from Seattle to Venice. Now, this comedy aims for one of its biggest prizes yet, as the official Oscar submission […] More

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    Circuit Considerations 2019: Poland’s ‘Corpus Christi’ (Best International Feature Film)

    Welcome to the 2019 CIRCUIT CONSIDERATIONS series. Highlighting the very best in film, acting, and technical achievements for the past 12 months that awards voters may need help remembering. Each day a different writer will make their plea for a specific film in a respective category. If you miss one, click the tag “Circuit Considerations […] More

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    WATCH: New Trailer for GKIDS’ Animated Hopeful ‘Weathering With You’ – Japan’s Submission For Oscar’s Best International Feature

    The new trailer for GKIDS’ “Weathering With You” was dropped today by the studio, which was submitted for the upcoming Academy Awards in hopes of being nominated for Best Animated Feature, and is the official submission for Japan for Best International Feature. “Weathering With You” is directed by Makoto Shinkai, an acclaimed filmmaker who gained […] More

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    Interview: Michael Steiner Talks ‘Wolkenbruch’s Wondrous Journey Into the Arms of a Shiksa’

    Among this year’s official Oscar submissions, few will resonate as easily with audiences as Switzerland’s “Wolkenbruch’s Wondrous Journey Into the Arms of a Shiksa.” Adapted from a novel by the same name, this uproarious comedy is at once universal and specific, telling the story of a young Jewish man who seeks love outside of his […] More

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    World Circuit: Europe’s Oscar Contenders Embrace the Globalization of Cinema

    Recently, the Academy announced a significant change to the voting process for Best International Feature. Rather than relying on a smaller committee of volunteers, the selection of the nominees is now open to the entire membership. This revamp of the category is just one of several adjustments made over the years to maintain the relevance […] More

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    World Circuit: Asian Oscar Contenders Offer Genre Film Showcase

    When you think of foreign language Oscar contenders, the kinds of films that come to mind are probably harrowing Holocaust dramas or gritty social dramas. Indeed, you’d hardly describe them as populist entertainment. Among this year’s submissions for Best International Feature Film, however, there are a number of genre films seeking to buck that trend. […] More

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    World Circuit: Latin American Cinema Aims for an Oscar Three-Peat

    Looking back on the past decade of the Academy Awards, there is one regional cinema that clearly stands out for its unprecedented success. With Mexican filmmakers claiming an incredible five Best Director trophies and a slew of other nominations for Best Foreign Language Film (now known as Best International Feature Film), Latin American cinema is […] More

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    World Circuit: Historic African Films Chase Oscar Glory

    In the year 2019, you’d think we would have run out of “first ever” milestones as it relates to black and African cinema. But if this year’s crop of African Oscar selections is any indication, there is still much progress to be made. With a total of 9 films, this is the largest contingent of […] More

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