Italy chooses Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’ to contend for the Academy award for best film in a foreign language joining an illustrious list of productions from around the world. It is considered the strongest candidate from Italy in quite some time.
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A poignant tale of decadence told against a backdrop woven from the fabric of Rome’s epic beauty and grandiose history. It is a modern day musing on morality and the vacuousness of Italian life and the insidious culture of the paparazzi that prevails. Expertly crafted, Sorrentino pulls no punches in presenting Italy in its, fallen, corrupt and idle glory, a true work of art that reflects a reality clearer than anything you can touch. It is a sure thing to be one of the five nominated for best film in a foreign language Oscar.
Considered one of Italy’s greatest living director, Italian hopes are in good hands. The 86th Academy Awards take place on March 2nd next year and if ‘The Great Beauty’ is nominated, Italy could look to extend its record as the nation to have garnered the most Oscars for a foreign language film, already with 13.
The competition will be fierce however, and none more so than from Hong Kong. The Chinese territory has never won an Academy Award, which is staggering considering the quality of films to have come from the country. Hong Kong hopes will hang on Wong Kar-wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’, about wing chun master Ip Ma and is being hotly tipped for the prize.
Canada will put forward Louise Archambault’s ‘Gabrielle’, making it a trio of films from the same producers to represent the French-speaking Canadian film industry, the other two being ‘Incendies’ and ‘Monsieur Lazhar’. Brazil has chosen ‘Neighboring Sound’ to represent it next spring, a debut feature by Kleber Mendonça, a portrait of the rising middle classes in the country.
The behemoth that is Bollywood will be represented by ‘The Good Road’ an Indian road movie told in hyperlink format, while neighbouring Pakistan has submitted its first film to compete at the Oscars in over 50 years in ‘Zinda Bhaag’. The film follows three young Pakistani men who look to the west as the only means to escape the strain of their everyday lives in Pakistan.
The other foreign film powerhouse France has chosen ‘Renoir’, about the last days of the great artist and the forgotten story of Catherine Hessling, the last model of the impressionist painter and the first actor in the films of his son Jean Renoir.
Saudi Arabia have nominated their first ever film for an Oscar, ‘Wadjda’ a film about a little girl who wants to ride a bike unaware that the right to do so is the preserve of boys only in the Kingdom of Suadi Arabia. ‘Wadjda’ has already caused a stir in its home country with the Saudi Press claiming that an Oscar would not be good for the country and could attract unwanted attention on the plight of women in the country. Chile are looking to follow on from last year’s nomination with ‘No’ with Sebastian Lelio’s film ‘Gloria’ follows a 50-year-old divorcee who is trying to reclaim her life.
View the full list of submissions for Oscar 2014 Best Foreign Language films click here.
October 1is the last date to submit entries for Best Foreign Language film. Official nominations will be announced January 16, 2014 and the Oscar 2014 ceremony will be March 2.
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