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2018 Oscars News: VIFF Films In The Race For Best Foreign Language Film

The 2018 awards season is fast approaching and with that comes the announcement of the films that have been submitted to the Academy for consideration, in the lead up to the 90th Oscars ceremony on March 4.

This year, a record 92 countries have put forward entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film, seven up from last year and a new milestone for the category.

Amongst the high-profile contenders are some VIFF 2017 crowd-favorites, including Sebastian Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman from Chile, Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute) from France, Michael Haneke’s Happy End from Austria, Petra Volpe’s The Divine Order from Switzerland (see it at VIFF Vancity Theatre this weekend!) and Ruben Östlund’s hilarious art-world satire, The Squarefrom Sweden, which won the coveted Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

You can view the full list of foreign-language Oscar submissions here.

VIFF 2017 films in the race (how many can you brag about seeing?):

Austria, Happy End, Michael Haneke, director

 

Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, director

 

Czech Republic, Ice Mother, Bohdan Sláma, director

 

Finland, Tom of Finland, Dome Karukoski, director

(Coming to VIFF Vancity Theatre December 2018)

 

France, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Robin Campillo, director

(Coming to VIFF Vancity Theatre December 2018)

 

Georgia, Scary Mother, Ana Urushadze, director

 

Germany, In the Fade, Fatih Akin, director

 

India, Newton, Amit V Masurkar, director

 

Iraq, Reseba – The Dark Wind, Hussein Hassan, director

 

Ireland, Song of Granite, Pat Collins, director

 

Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, director

 

Norway, Thelma, Joachim Trier, director

 

Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

 

Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis, director

 

South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove, director

 

Spain, Summer 1993, Carla Simón, director

 

Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund, director

 

Switzerland, The Divine Order, Petra Volpe, director

Don’t miss the chance to see The Divine Order at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre, Nov 17 – 25.
The Petra Volpe directed drama has been a big hit on the festival circuit and earned critical kudos at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Audience Narrative Award, the Nora Ephron Prize (Volpe) and Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film (Marie Leuenberger).

Set in 1971, the film chronicles the efforts of a young mother (Leuenberger) from a small Swiss village who champions the right for women to vote in the European country.

Screening times and tickets.

 

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