Our next category is Best Foreign Film.
5th Most Likely to Win: Tanna
“Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.”
From what I understand, this film is a retelling of Romeo & Juliet. It also marks the first time Australia has ever been nominated in this category. But it seems too low-key to win.
4th Most Likely to Win: Land Of Mine
“A young group of German POWs are made the enemy of a nation, where they are now forced to dig up 2 million land-mines with their bare hands.”
A war movie sounds like it could be a promising winner, but I haven’t heard any glowing reviews for this one. It feels like it belongs in 4th place.
3rd Most Likely To Win: A Man Called Ove
“Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.”
So, this is the one nominee I’ve actually seen, because it was nominated in a different category. And it’s actually a really good film. This could potentially win, but I don’t know if it has enough critical buzz.
2nd Most likely To Win: Toni Erdmann
“A father tries to reconnect with his adult daughter.”
That’s a really dull synopsis. But I hear that the film is actually really good. In fact, there was a time where this looked like a pretty solid frontrunner. It could still win, but I don’t think it will.
AND MY OFFICIAL PREDICTION IS;
“The story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.”
Theres’ been a lot of news surrounding this film, mainly talking about how the film’s director and star won’t be attending the ceremony in protest of the Muslim Ban. If this won, it would really send a message. And considering that Elle and The Handmaiden couldn’t get nominated, that leaves things clear for The Salesman to win.