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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