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On September 22, 2017, the Film Federation of India selected a political satire, Newton, directed by Amit Masurkar, as India’s official entry to the Foreign Language Film category of the 90th Academy Awards. The film, starring Rajkummar Rao in the titular role, is about a young government clerk who is determined to conduct fair elections in the tumultuous forest region of Chhattisgarh where insurgency issues are rampant. The film released at around 300 screens in India on September 22, the same Friday the Oscar selection was announced. Newton premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February this year, and there,…

Kazakhstan has selected Akan Satayev’s Road to Mother as its candidate for the best foreign-language Oscar. The decision was announced Friday in the Kazakh capital Almaty during the second annual national ‘Tulpar’ film awards. A historic drama that counts Aliya Nazarbayeva, daughter of Kazakhstan’s long-ruling president Nursultan Nazarbayev, as its general producer, earlier this month the film won the main prize at the 1st Eurasian Bridge festival in Yalta, Crimea and also picked up best film at Croatia’s Marco Polo film festival in August. The story of several generations of a Kazakh family from the 1930s to the present time,…

From the opening moments, it’s clear the title character is not a typical female in this patriarchal society: she’s dirt-bike racing. But as the understated domestic drama unfurls, it becomes obvious even a woman this strong is no match for the web of rules around her behavior in Tehran. She works hard at her husband’s pizza joint, but when tragedy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rBAWEbtJFA strikes, she struggles to run it alone. This is, after all, a country where a woman delivering pizza on her motorcycle at night is a shock. While not as tightly or artfully wrought as an Asghar Farhadi film, Azar…

Rolling off its international premiere at Toronto Film Festival, Peter Schønau Fog’s drama “You Disappear” has been chosen to represent Denmark in the Foreign Language Oscar category. Based on Christian Jungersen’s bestselling novel and penned by Fog, “You Disappear” centers on a woman who is married to a successful headmaster suffering from a brain tumor. The film is a “story about the challenges we face as neuroscience forces us to rethink what we are as human beings,” said TrustNordisk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_gGEaDeL8E “You Disappear” was selected over Henrik Ruben Genz’ “Word of God” and Fenar Ahmad’s “Darkland.” “You Disappear” was well received…

Today is the birthday of one of the greatest actress of all times Sophia Loren! For many she is a just a beautiful woman and actress, but looking through her acting career you recognize her as an amazing artist. her performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s masterpiece, Two Women; Loren’s performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962 and made her the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language film. https://youtu.be/Cr6trPCGRe0 She holds the record for having earned six David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress: Two Women; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Marriage Italian…

Brazil has selected “Bingo – The King of the Mornings,” one of its most awaited debuts of 2017, as its entry for next year’s foreign-language Academy Award. Produced by Brazilian production powerhouse Gullane, “Bingo – the King of the Mornings’” candidature also marks a victory for Warner Bros. whose Brazilian office co-produced the title, which will be distributed in Latin america by Warner Latin America. The submission, voted on by a commission of over 200 film specialists, was announced by the Brazilian Film Academy. It appears to have avoided the polemics of last year’s choice when the publicly declared animosity…

Albania has selected Gentian Koci’s feature debut Daybreak as its candidate for best foreign-language film Oscar consideration. The movie tells the story of a young mother who moves with her 1-year-old son to work as an in-home caretaker for a bedridden elderly woman after being kicked out of her home for failing to pay the rent. Leta (Ornela Kapetani) must keep the sick older woman alive at any cost. Daybreak had its world premiere last month at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where Kapetani was named best actress for her role. An Albania-Greece co-production, the film was developed at Sarajevo’s Cinelink…

Angelina Jolie’s fourth film as a director, First They Killed My Father, is Cambodia’s submission for the best foreign-language film Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards. “This means a great deal to all of us involved in making the film,” Jolie said in a statement in response to the news. “To work with local artists to bring this story forward has been a moving and humbling experience,” she added. First They Killed My Father was fully financed and produced by Netflix. The film is an adaptation of a memoir by Cambodian writer Loung Ung about her childhood experience of surviving…

 “The Servant”, the acclaimed short animation by Iranian director Farnush Abedi, has scored another triumph by winning the award for best animated film at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego, California, the organizers announced. The film is about a servant who becomes a master and a bug becomes his servant. After a while, the man understands that he has begun a game that has no rules. https://youtu.be/s86HM6tG56I “The Servant” has been screened at many Iranian and international events and won several awards from some of them. The movie was selected as best animation at 19th Iran Cinema Celebration…

A committee of nine cineastes is evaluating a shortlist of 10 films to select Iran’s submission to the 90th Academy Awards for the best foreign-language film category. The big surprise is that “No Date, No Signature” is not in this list!!! Directors Sirus Alvand, Mohammad Bozorgnia, Kamal Tabrizi and Rasul Sadr-Ameli, actor Reza Kianian and musician Majid Entezami are among the members of the committee selected by Iran’s Farabi Cinema Foundation. The shortlist includes Mohammad-Hossein Mahdavian’s acclaimed political drama “The Midday Event”, which was crowned best film at the 35th Fajr Film Festival. “The Villa Tenants” by Monir Qeidi, “Twenty-One Days…

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