Foreign Film Watch: Biutiful, Incendies, Of Gods and Men, UndertowNovember 30, 2010
From our correspondent Sam (Armchair Critic) Blair:
Friends who like good foreign films: These theater trailers should pique your interest.
Sixty-five countries submitted nominees for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award this year. From this group, five will be nominated in mid-January. The winnowing down process is a head-scratcher, with two committees appointed by the Academy viewing and evaluating half of the nominees each. They select nine or ten semifinalists, from which a third committee chooses the final five.
The five nominees usually include a couple that nobody has heard of and others that are heavy favorites to make the cut. Among the latter this year are the nominees from Canada and Mexico. Two others often mentioned in online blogs are nominees from France, Peru, and Thailand. Last year a thriller from South America, Argentina’s The Secret in their Eyes, took the award from better-known films from France and Germany.
Here are trailers from four of the submissions noted above. I like the looks of ’em all. With luck, we’ll eventually get them at Market Street Cinema. In fact I believe the poster for Biutiful with Javier Bardem is already up: Bardem is likely to be a rare Best Actor nominee from a foreign language film.