Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 2
Below is Part 2 of my annual look at the films that have a shot at making the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist. There are 83 submissions this year with some truly remarkable films in the bunch — and no 100% frontrunner. Here's a refresher on how the nine films are chosen for the shortlist which is expected to be revealed tomorrow: The phase one committee determines six of the candidates, and the other three entries are selected by the Foreign Language Film Award Executive… Read
Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 1
As the unveiling of the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist approaches, it's time for my annual look at the films that have a shot at making the cut. For the first time, we are splitting the preview into three parts — and listing the films in no particular order. But as with each year, I don't envy the committees that have to whittle down a record number of submissions — 83 this time around — of some truly remarkable films. There's an embarassment of riches out there and… Read
Cannes Pics Vie For Delluc Prize; China Plans 6 ‘Three Body’ Films: Global Showbiz Briefs
The shortlist for France's Louis Delluc Prize, one of the country's highest film honors, has been released with 14 films making the cut across two categories: Best Film and Best Debut Feature. Among the eight main movies, six hail from this year's Cannes crop. Saint Laurent - which is France's entry for the Foreign Language Oscar - by Bertrand Bonello; Olivier Assayas' Juliette Binoche/Kristen Stewart-starrer Clouds Of Sils Maria; veteran Jean-Luc Godard's 3D Goodbye To La… Read
Steve Carell Is Santa Barbara’s Outstanding Performer Of The Year
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will hand its 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Foxcatcher star Steve Carell. A tribute celebrating his performance in Bennett Miller's film will take place on February 6. Foxcatcher debuted in Cannes and sets an almost unrecognizable Carell as the reclusive, wrestling-obsessed millionaire John du Pont. SBIFF executive director Roger Durling says of Carell, “He's made us laugh for so many years with his great… Read
Wild Bunch Opens Window On Pan-European Digital Distribution: AFM
After world premiering Abel Ferrara's sex scandal pic Welcome To New York in an unconventional way at the Cannes Film Festival last May, French powerhouse Wild Bunch is launching Europe's first “e-distribution” company. The aim is to acquire four to five titles during the upcoming AFM which will be released via different VOD services throughout Europe, or — laws permitting — simultaneously on VOD and a small number of screens. Contrary to Netflix, which entered several… Read
Oscar Watch: Foreign Films Start Screening, But Should Voters Ask “Does The DOG Die?”
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that a record 83 countries had submitted an eligible film for the 2014 Foreign Language Film Oscar. A volunteer group of several hundred members now will trudge through those movies beginning Monday night with Poland's much acclaimed Ida and wrapping up December 14 with Iceland's Life In A Fishbowl.
In between will be numerous films, good and bad, selected by their home countries for various reasons… Read
‘Mommy’ To Rep Canada In Foreign-Lingo Oscar Race; Belgium Picks ‘Two Days, One Night’
Canadian wunderkind director Xavier Dolan scored the Jury Prize in his first time in the main Cannes Competition earlier this year with Mommy. The film has now been selected to represent Canada in the Foreign Language Oscar race. While the last Canadian film to win an Oscar was 2003's The Barbarian Invasions, the country has had a strong showing with four nominees since 2006. Mommy is 25-year-old Dolan's fifth film as director and his second to rep Canada after his 2009… Read
Oscars: Cannes Winners ‘Winter Sleep’, ‘White God’ To Rep Turkey, Hungary In Foreign Language Race
UPDATE WEDNESDAY AM: It's that time of year again, when committees gather in overseas countries to determine what their Foreign Language Oscar entry will be. Earlier today, Turkey's decision was revealed (see below) and now another film that won prizes in Cannes has been selected from Hungary. Kornél Mundruczó's White God, a buzzed about cautionary tale that features a gang of stray dogs who seize an opportunity to escape from a pound and revolt against mankind, will do… Read
Saban Films Continues Ramp-Up With Exec Hires
Saban Films launched just before Cannes in May and made a statement by acquiring Tommy Lee Jones' Competition title The Homsesman, which it will release in the U.S. via Roadside Attractions. It was the first glitzy step in a plan to release 8-10 commercial, talent-driven features per year via a distribution partner. Now it has more help under the division's president Bill Bromiley: Jonathan Saba has been tapped as VP Marketing and Azniv Taschyan as VP Finance.
Saba most… Read
Roadside Attractions Acquires Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Winner ‘Mommy’
Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Xavier Dolan's Cannes pic Mommy. The plan is to release it in first-quarter 2015. Dolan's fifth film centers on an explosive 15-year-old boy with ADHD and his widowed single mom. But when Kyla, a new girl across the street, enters their lives, things change. Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément star.
Dolan, a Canadian, moved up to the Cannes Competition lineup for the first time with Mommy after winning… Read
James Garner: An Appreciation Of A Great Acting Legend Who Never Looked Like He Was Acting
James Garner just made it all look too easy.
That's the only explanation I can give for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences failing to vote him an Honorary Oscar over these last few years of Governors Awards. More than once I wrote a column of “suggestions” including those egregiously overlooked artists deserving of the industry's top award, and always near the top was my annual reminder of Garner. But I guess it is just too late now. Garner, who died… Read
Drafthouse Films Acquires Cannes Critics’ Week Winner ‘The Tribe’
Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe is set at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, and its depiction of disenchanted youth features a cast of non-professional, deaf actors. The pic's narrative unfolds purely through sign language without subtitles, music or voice-over. It won three honors this year in the Cannes sidebar. Drafthouse Films plans a theatrical and digital rollout sometime in 2015.
In the pic, a boy enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf. Alone… Read