UPDATED 3:40 PM: Thailand has put up the psycho-thriller Countdown as its entry for the Foreign Language Oscar. Director Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya’s film revolves around three potheads who are tormented by a dealer (David Asavanond) in their New York apartment on New Year’s Eve.
PREVIOUSLY: Italy, Spain, Denmark and China are among the big territories yet to announce their submissions for the Foreign Language Oscar race as the October 1st deadline approaches. Canada, which has made a strong showing with the Academy in the past several years, chimed in today. The selection committee at Téléfilm Canada has chosen Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle to represent the country. Along with 2011’s Monsieur Lazhar and 2010’s Incendies, that scores a hat trick of films from Montréal-based production company micro_scope to have been annointed in the last four years. Both Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar and Prisoners‘ director Denis Villeneuve‘s Incendies went on to eventual nominations. (Last year’s Canadian entry, War Witch, produced by Item 7, was also a nominee.) Gabrielle is the story of a musically talented young woman suffering from Williams syndrome. When she falls in love with a fellow choir member, she seeks valiantly to prove her independence. Gabrielle Marion-Rivard and Alexandre Landry star. The film debuted in Locarno where it won the Audience Award. It also won prizes at France’s Angoulême festival and played in Toronto. Entertainment One has international sales. Denys Arcand’s 2003 The Barbarian Invasions is the last Canadian film to have won an Oscar.