Oscar screeners: Sony Pictures Classics sends ‘Elle,’ ‘Julieta,’ ‘Toni Erdmann’

Sony Pictures Classics just sent Oscar voters screeners of three of the leading contenders for Foreign Language Film: France’s entry “Elle,” Spain’s submission “Julieta” and Germany’s contender “Toni Erdmann.”

In Paul Verhoven‘s “Elle,” Isabelle Huppert is riveting as a successful businesswoman caught in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with an unknown man who sexually assaulted her. For her bravura, this Gallic screen legend has won Best Actress with both the New York and Los Angeles film critics and is poised to reap her first Oscar bid.

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Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta” is based on several short stories by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro that are set in Vancouver, Canada. The writer/director adapted these into a melodrama about a woman who has fallen out of touch with her daughter. The film starts and ends with its title character as an older woman played by Emma Suárez but much of the film unfolds in flashbacks in which she is played by Adriana Ugarte.

Maren Ade’s dramedy “Toni Erdmann” is about a father’s decision to reconnect with his adult daughter. It swept the recent European Film Awards and won the Cannes film festival’s FIPRESCI Award. Shortly after Cannes it won the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for best film of the year, a prestigious award that went to “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Boyhood” and “Amour” in recent years. She is the first female filmmaker so honored.

To date, 39 films have been delivered this season. Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

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Dec. 12: “Elle”
Dec. 12: “Julieta”
Dec. 12: “Toni Erdmann”

Dec.6: “Arrival”
Dec, 6: “Florene Foster Jenkins”

Dec. 5: “Miss Sloane”

Dec. 2: “Christine”
Dec. 2: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
Dec. 2: “Life, Animated”
Dec. 2: “The Music of Strangers”
Dec. 2: “Neruda”

Nov. 30: “The Dressmaker”
Nov. 30: “The Handmaiden”
Nov. 30: “Manchester by the Sea”
Nov. 30: “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (Actors branch)

Nov. 23: “Trolls”

Nov. 21: “Finding Dory”

Nov. 18: “Deepwater Horizon”
Nov. 18: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Nov. 17: “Sully”

Nov. 15: “The Secret Life of Pets”
Nov. 15: “Sausage Party”

Nov. 14: “Captain America: Civil War”
Nov. 14: “The Jungle Book”
Nov. 14: “Zootopia”

Nov. 11: “The Birth of a Nation”

Nov. 9: “Hell or High Water”

Nov. 7: “Captain Fantastic”
Nov. 7: “Denial”
Nov. 7: “Eye in the Sky”

Nov. 1: “Cafe Society”
Nov. 1: “Love and Friendship”
Nov. 1: “The Neon Demon”

Oct. 18: “Long Way North”

Oct. 12: “Hello, My Name is Doris”

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Sept. 24: “I Saw the Light”
Sept. 24: “The Meddler”

Aug. 30: “Maggie’s Plan”
Aug. 30: “Miles Ahead”

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