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  • benutty
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    Here’s the space to discuss the Foreign Language Film race for the 2016/2017 season.

    OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

    Afghanistan
    Parting – Navid Mahmoudi
    Algeria
    The Well – Lofti Bouchouchi
    Armenia
    Earthquake – Sarik Andreasyan
    Australia
    Tanna – Martin Butler & Bentley Dean
    Austria
    Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe – Maria Schrader
    Belgium
    The Ardennes – Robin Pront
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Death in Sarajevo – Danis Tanovic
    Brazil
    Little Secret – Daniel Schumann
    Bulgaria
    Losers – Ivarlo Hristov
    Chile
    Neruda – Pablo Larrain
    Croatia
    On the Other Side – Zrinko Ogresta
    Cuba
    The Companion – Pavel Giroud
    Dominican Republic
    Flor de Azucar – Fernando Baez Mella
    Egypt
    Clash – Mohamed Diab
    Finland
    The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki – Juho Kuosmanen
    Georgia
    Land of Others – Rusudan Glurdjidze
    Germany
    Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
    Hungary
    Kill on Wheels – Attila Till
    Iraq
    El Clasico – Halkawt Mustafa
    Japan
    Living with My Mother (Haha to Kuraseba) – Yoji Yamada
    Lebanon
    A Very Big Shot – Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya
    Lithuania
    Seneca’s Day – Kristijonas Vildziunas
    Luxembourg
    Voices from Chernobyl – Pol Cruchten
    Morocco
    A Mile in My Shoes – Said Khallaf
    Nepal
    The Black Hen – Min Bahadur Bham
    Netherlands
    Tonio – Paula van der Oest
    New Zealand
    A Flickering Truth – Pietra Brettkelly
    Norway
    The King’s Choice – Eric Poppe
    Philippines
    Ma’Rosa – Brillante Mendoza
    Portugal
    Letters from War – Ivo Ferreira
    Romania
    Sieranevada – Cristi Puiu
    Saudi Arabia
    Barakah Meets Barakah – Mahmoud Sabbagh
    Serbia
    Train Driver’s Diary – Milosa Radovica
    South Korea
    The Age of Shadows – Kim Jee-woon
    Spain
    Julieta – Pedro Almodovar
    Sweden
    A Man Called Ove – Hannes Holm
    Switzerland
    My Life as a Courgette – Claude Barras
    Tunisia
    The Flower of Aleppo – Ridha Behi
    Ukraine
    Ukrainian Sheriffs – Roman Bondarchuk
    Venezuela
    From Afar – Lorenzo Vigas

    POSSIBLE PRESTIGE SELECTIONS

    Canada
    It’s Only the End of the World – Xavier Dolan
    – Grand Prix at Cannes

    China
    Crosscurrent – Yang Chao
    – Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Cinematography at Berlin

    France
    Divines – Uda Benyamina
    – Camera d’Or at Cannes
    Elle – Paul Verhoeven
    – Competed at Cannes
    Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Love
    – Best Director at Berlin

    Hong Kong
    Ten Years – multiple directors
    – Best Film at Hong Kong Film Awards

    Iran
    The Salesman – Asghar Farhadi
    – Best Screenplay, Best Actor at Cannes
    Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari
    – Netflix bought for U.S. distro

    Italy
    Fire at Sea – Gianfranco Rosi
    – Golden Bear at Berlin

    Poland
    United States of Love – Tomasz Wasilewski
    – Best Script at Berlin

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    benutty
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    updated with films & winners from 2016 Cannes

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    TomHardys
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    Toni Erdmann is a safe bet unless The Academy’s tastes align with Miller’s… In a perfect world Aquarius would also be nominated. It is time Kleber Mendonça Filho gets some due recognition for his work as a director.

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    GusCruz
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    Toni Erdmann is a safe bet unless The Academy’s tastes align with Miller’s… In a perfect world Aquarius would also be nominated. It is time Kleber Mendonça Filho gets some due recognition for his work as a director.

    I wouldn’t be so confident for Erdmann. I’m not even sure it’ll be Germany’s submission. When was the last time a contemporary comedy running nearly two and a half hours got nominated in this category?

    My skepticism for Aquarius is that they simply don’t like Brazilian movies much.

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    Dr.Fabe
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    Toni Erdmann is a safe bet unless The Academy’s tastes align with Miller’s… In a perfect world Aquarius would also be nominated. It is time Kleber Mendonça Filho gets some due recognition for his work as a director.

    I wouldn’t be so confident for Erdmann. I’m not even sure it’ll be Germany’s submission. When was the last time a contemporary comedy running nearly two and a half hours got nominated in this category?

    My skepticism for Aquarius is that they simply don’t like Brazilian movies much.

    There’s no way Germany won’t submit it. Absolutely no question about it.

    About Brazilian movies I could not agree more. Many great films being snubbed in the past, The Second Mother or The Way He Looks to name a few.

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    vinny
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    I don’t usually judge by name alone but there are three that have titles that make me really want to see them: “Things to Come”, “Graduation”, and “Fire at Sea”.

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    TomHardys
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    Toni Erdmann is a safe bet unless The Academy’s tastes align with Miller’s… In a perfect world Aquarius would also be nominated. It is time Kleber Mendonça Filho gets some due recognition for his work as a director.

    I wouldn’t be so confident for Erdmann. I’m not even sure it’ll be Germany’s submission. When was the last time a contemporary comedy running nearly two and a half hours got nominated in this category?

    My skepticism for Aquarius is that they simply don’t like Brazilian movies much.

    When was the last time a German family comedy gained this much critical reverence and respect with raves for its actors, its screenplay and its direction? With any other Jury it would win the Palm D’Or rather easily (I can’t attest to that but I want to believe it would). History rewrites itself on a daily basis. I don’t give that much of a credit to past Oscar history. If so I would never predict things like Marion Cotillard (2D1N), Charlotte Rampling and Birdman for BP (among many other examples) because according to the statistics there were many things against them.

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    GusCruz
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    I am not betting against Erdmann, I’m just saying that we’ve seen way too many Cannes hits come and go and sometimes not even make the Oscar shortlist. This one wasn’t even awarded at the festival and reportedly had haters in the jury. Miller and Sutherland are very much like the white older males that make up the FLF committee, hence my doubts. But I do want to believe it’ll happen.

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    I watched The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki at a festival the other day and have to say this film could be a serious contender if submitted by Finland.

    It combines a lot of elements that might appeal to Academy members: underdog story, boxing drama, romance, based on real life events, relatable characters etc.

    Besides, it is the best reviewed film coming out of Cannes 2016 (current Metascore is 96) and it won the main award of Un Certain Regard. However, it remains to be seen what Mubi can do with it coming awards season.

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    GusCruz
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    Mubi? I’d be worried.

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    Aquarius, if submitted by Brazil, is a strong contender for a nomination. However, something quite disgusting is happening in my country to undermine it from happening. The committee that picks the submission responds to the federal government, which now has a new president since an “impeachment process” (essentially a coup) took place. Aquarius’s director, Kleber Mendonca Filho, spoke out against the coup at Cannes, where the movie was part of the official selection. Now the government is putting people in that committee, which historically has been a independent entity, to get back at Filho for exercising his freedom of speech rights and send a different, less deserving movie to the Academy. Here’s hoping they don’t succeed.

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    Eddy Q
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    ‘My Life as a Courgette’ is Switzerland’s official submission.

    ‘Toni Erdmann’ is among Germany’s shortlist of eight.

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    Joan Davis
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    I just saw Toni Erdmann and enjoyed it thoroughly. However I felt there was a lot of English spoken in it and could be not eligible for Best Foreign Language film

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    Eddy Q
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    Romania selects Christi Puiu’s Sieranevada over Christian Mungiu’s Cannes-winning Graduation – an interesting choice considering ther former’s length and apparent lack of accessibility compared to the latter.

    Venezuela chooses last year’s Golden Lion winner From Afar, and Georgia submits House of Others.

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    Eddy Q
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    I just saw Toni Erdmann and enjoyed it thoroughly. However I felt there was a lot of English spoken in it and could be not eligible for Best Foreign Language film

    I just looked at the official AMPAS rules and there doesn’t seem to be any precise regulation on this issue other than that the submitted films ‘must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English.’ This is quite vague and subject to interpretation, but I suppose as long as a decent majority of Toni Erdmann is in German, it should be fine for eligibility.

    Also I like your avatar. Very apt.

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