- Bullhead (Belgium) in Dutch and French (Dir. Michaël R. Roskam)
- Footnote (Israel) in Hebrew (Dir. Joseph Cedar)
- In Darkness (Poland) in Polish (Dir. Agnieszka Holland)
- Monsieur Lazhar (Canada) in French (Dir. Philippe Falardeau)
- A Separation (Iran) in Persian (Dir. Asghar Farhadi)
The foreign language category has been the subject of much debate in recent years.
In particular, critics have wondered why some of the most acclaimed films in world cinema have been repeatedly snubbed and there seems to be confusion about the selection process.
Stephen Galloway and Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Mark Johnson, Chairman of the Academy’s foreign language film selection committee, for a wide-ranging discussion about the process.
The film was selected for 61st Berlin International Film Festival and Drafthouse Films will release it on February 17th in limited release (UK release is TBC). It has won several festival awards at AFI Fest, Fantastic Fest, Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Magritte Awards.
Director Joseph Cedar spoke to David Poland here. [32 mins]
Holocaust drama based on the true story of Polish Jews in Nazi-occupied Lvov, who inhabit the city’s sewers in order to survive.
It began its North American festival run at Telluride and Toronto and Sony Classics will release in the US.
Find out more at the official website, IMDb and David Poland has interviewed Holland for his DP/30 series (31 mins).
Drama set in Montreal about an Algerian who takes over a class after a tragedy whilst experiencing difficulties of his own.
Iranian drama about a middle-class couple who separate, and the resulting complications which follow when the husband hires a caretaker for his elderly father.
Director Ashgar Farhadi has spoken to David Poland for his DP/30 series [37 mins]