Dec 212014



The 83 submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards have been whittled down to a shortlist of 9 films. Notable omissions include Mommy (Canada), Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep (Turkey), Two Days, One Night (Belguim) and White God (Hungry). I’m disappointed Dolan’s audacious Mommy is not in contention – it is not only my favourite foreign language film of the year, but my 2nd favourite film overall. It’s surprising that the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night didn’t make the cut – the film is extremely topical and speaks to the almost universal experience of tough economic times.

On the positive side I am delighted that Poland’s Ida made the cut. It is quite possibly the best looking film of 2014, as well as being incredibly moving. Other films sure to be favourites are Russia’s Leviathan, Sweden’s Force Majuere and Argentina’s Wild Tales. I must admit to have never having heard of Corn Island, Accused or The Liberator, so I have no idea what sort of chance they have.

The full list of shortlisted nominees from which 5 will be chosen as the Oscar nominees are:

Wild Tales (Argentina)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Corn Island (Georgia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Accused (Netherlands)
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Force Majeure (Sweden)
The Liberator (Venezuela)

By Sam McCosh

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