The Best Foreign Film shortlist is an interesting one this year. First of all, they only have nine films hortlisted. So this means you could pick any combination of five films from this list and you’re guaranteed to get at least one right.
It’s Only The End Of The World (Canada)
The King’s Choice (Norway)
Land Of Mine (Denmark)
A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
My Life As A Zucchini (Switzerland)
The Salesman (Iran)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)
So, if you follow the Oscar race at all, you might be shocked to see that Elle isn’t there, despite the fact that the film won the Critic’s Choice award for Foreign Language film. Could this be a bad sign for Isabelle Huppert? Also missing are The Handmaiden and Julieta.
There are two films in particular that catch my attention. One is It’s Only The End Of The World. If Drew AKA Fisti is reading this, congratulations! Xavier Dolan is now incredibly close to an Oscar nomination. We’ll see how things go…
The other film that interests me is My Life As A Zucchini. In the history of the Oscars, only one animated film has been nominated in the Foreign Film category. (Waltz With Bashir). Could Switzerland’s entry be counted? I don’t know, but any time I see a animated film included in a list of live action films, I get excited.