How the Foreign Language Film Oscars Work, and don’t

son-of-saul

The shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar was released last week. Of eighty-nine official submissions (the most in the history of the Academy), eighty-five were accepted, then whittled down to nine semi-finalists.

The award is significant, as it can bring considerable attention to a country’s national cinema. But the category also has its share of controversy. When Brazil submitted Little Secret, a sentimental drama, instead of the expected critical and commercial hit Aquarius, directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho, two other filmmakers, Gabriel Mascaro and Anna Muylaert, withdrew their films, Neon Bull and Don’t Call Me Son, respectively, in protest. More: Fandor

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s