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The Oscars Foreign Film Nominations is an Exception to the #OscarsSoWhite Talks

The Oscars Foreign Film Nominations is an Exception to the #OscarsSoWhite Talks

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    Feb 24, 2016   Author : admin

Posted in: FILMS AND MUSIC

Amidst all the ongoing talks about the Oscars being all white this year, the Foreign Film category seems to be a glorious exception. Not only does the exciting looking list of names in the nominations roster feature films from a wide range of countries, they are also well represented in terms of color and gender! While the frenzy around the awards show focuses on big categories, the Foreign Film category which is often overlooked is actually where exemplary cinema from all over the world is presented. It really widens up our horizons about the kind of quality cinema that is being created outside the purview of Hollywood. 

Here are this year’s nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film Category!

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)

Directed by Ciro Guerra

Colombia’s first Oscar nomination in history is a film that explores into the Amazonian wilderness and across eras and is a elaborate tale of self-discoveries and survival in the wild. The third offering from director Ciro Guerra indeed stretches boundaries through a gorgeous depiction in monochrome. 

Mustang (France)

Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Turkish-French film director Deniz Gamze Ergüven might be the only women director to make an entry in this category but her powerful film about coming of age and sibling bonds has grabbed eyeballs across festivals already. A powerful story of five orphaned sisters in a northern Turkey rebelling against their arranged marriages has struck a right chord with the audience. 

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Directed by László Nemes

One of the strongest contenders in this category is Hungary’s engaging World War II drama film “Son of Saul”. The film has already earned a lot of acclaim around the world this year and has also won the Grand Prix at Cannes and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Theeb (Jordan)

Directed by Naji Abu Nowar

A gripping adventure film set in the vast deserts of Arabia and in the 1916, focuses around the journey of young nomadic brothers Hussein and Theeb who are engaged by a British soldier as guides only to be led straight into target of mercenaries. The beautifully crafted film indeed shines through for it stunning imagery and storytelling. 

A War (Denmark)

Directed by Tobias Lindholm

“A War” is a subtle but engaging take on modern day warfare and human behavior in the face of crisis. The film by acclaimed director Tobias Lindholm focuses on a group of Danish soldiers stationed in Afghanistan under Commander Claus. What starts of as a brilliant war drama transforms into an intense courtroom drama as the movie progresses and Claus faces the consequences of his impromptu decisions on the battlefield. 

Images: Oscars | MYC Writer: Soma Dutta

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