Best foreign language film of the year nominees:
CAPERNAUM – Lebanon, directed by Nadine Labaki
COLD WAR – Poland, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
NEVER LOOK AWAY – Germany, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
ROMA – Mexico, directed by Alfonso Cuarón
SHOPLIFTERS – Japan, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
The Bookies Favourite:
- Roma 1/33
- Cold War 9/1
- Shoplifters 20/1
- Capernaum – Never has a film so tenderly and brutally depicted the despair of the hand you have been dealt. The lead performance from 12 year old Zain al Rafeea is simply breathtaking.
The Academy AwardWinner
|Stunning Lebanese film about a 12 year old slum boy in Beirut who sues his parents from bringing him into such an uncaring and unforgiving world. The child lead is wonderful and I don't think I have ever felt the despair of a character so strongly.
|Black and white Polish film telling a damaged love story through a troupe of peasant folk singers/dancers performing traditional songs through the post war years of Soviet Poland. Not really my kind of film, but I did get quite a bit out of it.
|The deliberately mundane story of a house maid. I was struggling to see what the critics had seen in the film until a scene that singularly blew me away (waves). It was so wonderfully shot and acted that I fully welled up at the beauty and horror of it.
|The kind of film only the Japanese make. A strong nurture over nature theme runs through as a family of petty criminals take in a young child who is left alone and neglected by her parents.