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Foreign Language Films / 84th Academy Awards®

From: Bill J.
Sent on: Thursday, October 13, 2011 7:08 PM

Well, since this is my fourth attempt to send this message (thanks MeetUp), I apologize if duplicates arrive in your inbox.

I thought that you would be interested in reviewing the entries released today in the Foreign Language category for the Academy Awards. It is a strange category in that the films must be in a language other than English.

So now we have entries from Ireland in the Bosnian language and one from the United Kingdom (whatever that is) in Spanish and Welsh.

These archaic and seemingly self-serving rules that force all films in English, no matter where produced or filmed, to be lumped in with Hollywood big-budget MegaFilms. For the Foreign Language entries the recording of the original dialogue track as well as the completed picture must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Accurate English subtitles are required.

I am aware of only one film that has screened locally - Colombia, "The Colors of the Mountain" – at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to see many others in the coming months.



Beverly Hills, CA – Sixty-three countries, including first-time entrant New Zealand, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®.
The 2011 submissions are:
Albania, "Amnesty," Bujar Alimani, director;
Argentina, "Aballay," Fernando Spiner, director;
Austria, "Breathing," Karl Markovics, director;
Belgium, "Bullhead," Michael R. Roskam, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina,"Belvedere," Ahmed Imamovic, director;
Brazil, "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within," José Padilha, director;
Bulgaria, "Tilt," Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director;
Canada, "Monsieur Lazhar," Philippe Falardeau, director;
Chile, "Violeta Went to Heaven," Andrés Wood, director;
China, "The Flowers of War," Zhang Yimou, director;
Colombia, "The Colors of the Mountain," Carlos César Arbeláez, director;
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