There are a lot of foreign films from last year that I still have to catch up on, one of them being Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, which just won the Golden Globe last week for Best Foreign Film. After making numerous Best Of 2009 lists, it is looking like Haneke’s film will be the frontrunner for the same category at the Oscars as well, and this week the Academy unveiled the short list of films also in the running for the award. The biggest competition for The White Ribbon would seem to be Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet, which has been getting rave reviews ever since it premiered at Cannes.
As far as the other potential nominees go, I think most of them are still relatively unknown. One notable omission on the shortlist is the Korean thriller Mother from Bong Joon-Ho (The Host). Some might also question the absence of Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces, which was one of the films up for the Golden Globe, but apparently Spain did not choose that film as their entry for the category this year. Are there any other movies you would like to have seen on this list? Do any of these films have a shot at upsetting The White Ribbon?
- El Secreto De Sus Ojos (Argentina). Dir: Juan Jose Campanella
- Samson & Delilah (Australia). Dir: Warwick Thornton
- The World Is Big And Salvation Lurks Around The Corner (Bulgaria). Dir: Stephan Komandarev
- Un Prophete (France). Dir: Jacques Audiard
- The White Ribbon (Germany). Dir: Michael Haneke
- Ajami (Israel). Dir: Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani
- Kelin (Kazakhstan). Dir: Ermek Tursunov
- Winter In Wartime (The Netherlands). Dir: Martin Koolhoven
- The Milk Of Sorrow (Peru). Dir: Claudia Llosa